The £27 million building provides office space for fledgling businesses under a membership model
Aukett Swanke was commissioned to design the Bradfield Centre in 2014, replacing an existing two-storey building constructed early in the park’s build-out with an arc-shaped building facing the adjacent lake.
Part-funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy the centre is operated by Central Working on behalf of Trinity College, University of Cambridge. The centre is currently the largest of Central Working’s ‘membership-based communities’.
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Members have access to communal facilities throughout the building such as working pods, kitchens and breakout areas, and non-members, including local residents, will have access the café and the ability to host technology events in the auditorium.
There were early signs during the design process that our clients are seeking for a true alternative to a typical office product, something that can create a step change within the park and to signpost itself as a new shopfront to attract young entrepreneurs. Our design response challenged office building standards both externally and internally throughout the process. The Bradfield Centre embraces and encourages fluid serendipity and sets a new benchmark for co-working spaces within the region.
Elias Niazi, design principal, Aukett Swanke
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Source: Daniel Romero
Following the curve of the lake, the building nestles into the environment and feels very much an integral part of its natural surroundings. That makes the Bradfield Centre a very special place.
Jeanette Walker, director, Cambridge Science Park
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Start on site Jan 2016
Completion Jun 2017
Gross internal floor area 4,523 m2
Form of contract Design & Build two stage
Construction cost £15 million (inc. Cat A & B)
Construction cost per m² £3,079
Architect Aukett Swanke
Client Trinity College, Cambridge
Structural engineer MLM
M&E consultant CPW
Quantity surveyor/cost consultant STACE
Tenant Central Working
Brand designer Born Design
Project manager Bidwells
Approved building inspector MLM
Main contractor SDC
CAD software used Revit