Having recently secured a £250 million contract for the new University of Cambridge ‘Cavendish III Physics Laboratory’, Bouygues UK have appointed local construction specialist Mick George Ltd to begin enabling works, imminently.
Located on the West Cambridge campus, Cavendish III will be a purpose-built laboratory for world-leading research for the university’s Department of Physics, bringing the large number of research groups in the department together under one roof to encourage collaboration.
The project has received a funding contribution of £75 million from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.
With a GIA of around 354,000 sq. ft (33,000 sq m), Cavendish III will house a range of laboratories, offices, clean rooms, workshops and multiple lecture theatres, while the independent Shared Facilities Hub, with a net area of approximately 50,000 sq ft (4,700 sq m), will provide catering, collaborative teaching, meeting, study and library spaces to the West Cambridge campus.
The original Cavendish Laboratory was established in the centre of Cambridge in 1874 and was named in honour of the Chancellor of the University, William Cavendish. Practitioners from the institution have been contributing to the development of science over the past 140 years, including understanding electromagnetic phenomena, the discovery of the electron, of the neutron, the unravelling of the structure of DNA, and the discovery of pulsars. The physics department moved to the new Cavendish Laboratory buildings in West Cambridge in the early 1970s.
Professor Andy Parker, Head of the Cavendish Laboratory at The University of Cambridge, said: “This is an exciting step forward for the new Cavendish Laboratory, which will serve as a home for physics research at Cambridge as well as a first-rate facility for the UK as a whole. This world-class facility will meet the educational needs of future generations of students much better than is possible at our existing site and its design also facilitates public events, enabling us to continue our extensive programme of work with schools and the wider public.”
Michael George, Managing Director at Mick George Ltd commented: ‘’While this development has many economic benefits for Cambridgeshire and local communities, these benefits will also be felt much wider afield.’’
George continued: ‘’Having completed Earthworks on a number of the University’s recent new developments, we are well versed in the complexities that are likely to be involved with this project. As ever, we look forward to applying our technical expertise in delivering another first-class service that will ensure more top-quality research facilities.’’