Cambridge University selects Aconex solution for £1bn north-west development

4 February 2014 (Last Updated February 4th, 2014 18:30)

University of Cambridge in the UK has selected Aconex to provide project collaboration solutions for its £1bn north-west Cambridge development.

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University of Cambridge in the UK has selected Aconex to provide project collaboration solutions for its £1bn north-west Cambridge development.

The 15-year master plan for the 150ha development will feature 3,000 homes, 2,000 student beds, a local centre with a supermarket and retail units, and 1mft² of academic, research and commercial space.

Plans also include a primary school, nursery, a community centre, doctor surgery, hotel and senior living, as well as substantial landscaping and open space for recreation and leisure.

The first phase of the development will include a mix of apartments and houses ranging from 65 units to up to 400.

Phase one is expected to cost £281m and will include landscaping spanning more than a third of the overall site and green space.

The 150ha site of university-owned farmland in the north-west of the city was granted outline planning permission in August 2012 to be developed as a mixed-use project.

Aconex said the entire project is being planned and managed under the NEC family of construction procurement contracts.

University of Cambridge will use Aconex’s platform to process documents, communications and workflows according to coordinated procedures in a single, secure system.

Aconex said the platform will allow the tracking and reporting of all deliverables with a permanent audit trail, to ensure that the team meets the project specifications within the NEC framework.

University of Cambridge is currently using the Aconex software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform to manage the bidding and tendering process for its contractors.

Aconex general manager of Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) Hervé Hamelin said: "We look forward to helping the university execute all aspects of the project efficiently to fulfill its vision of the proposed north-west Cambridge development."

The university secured outline planning permission for the scheme in February 2013, subject to approval of site-wide legal conditions and reserved matters applications.


Image: The first phase of the north-west Cambridge project will include 600 new homes and 300 units of postgraduate accommodation. Photo: courtesy of University of Cambridge.