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Jestico + Whiles submits plans for Cambridge University duo

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Jestico + Whiles has submitted a planning application for a £300 million development on the University of Cambridge’s growing West Cambridge research campus featuring two major new buildings

The largest, a  34,000m² block known as the new Cavendish III Laboratory, will replace existing facilities for the Department of Physics and is due to complete in 2022.

The building will house a number of physics research groups, their laboratories, cleanrooms, office and support accommodation, together with two lecture theatres, seminar rooms, a learning resource centre, common room and the Cavendish Collection exhibition.

Sitting next to the laboratory will be a smaller 5,000m² shared facilities hub providing teaching and spaces for all members of the West Cambridge campus, alongside catering and library facilities.

Cavendish Laboratory head Andy Parker said: ‘In addition to serving as a home for physics research at Cambridge, the new Cavendish Laboratory will be a top-class facility for the nation – much of the specialised research equipment in the new building will be made available to other institutions.

‘The new facility will be designed to match the more exacting standards of current research, serving the educational needs of future generations of students much better than is possible at our existing site.

‘Capacity for public events has also been incorporated into the design, so that our extensive programme of work with schools, and with the general public, will continue to serve the local population well into the future.’

The AJ100 practice is working on the Cavendish III Laboratory with technical architect CH2M  and Ramboll as civil, structural and vibration engineer.

The government pledged to give £75 million towards the Cavendish Laboratory as part of its 2015 spending review, and the university has already approved the ‘remainder of the core funding’ ahead of the start of construction in 2019.

Model: Cavendish laboratory (top) shared facilities hub (bottom)

Model: Cavendish laboratory (top) shared facilities hub (bottom)

Source: Jestico + Whiles

Model: Cavendish laboratory (top) shared facilities hub (bottom)

Project Team

Client University of Cambridge
Architect and lead consultant Jestico + Whiles
Project manager and principal designer Currie & Brown
Technical architect CH2M
Cost consultant, transport consultant, masterplanner, public realm landscape architect AECOM
Civil, structures and vibration engineer, fire consultant, acoustic consultant Ramboll
Landscape architect Plincke
Mechanical and electrical engineer, BREEAM consultant Hoare Lea
Accessibility consultant David Bonnett Associates
Food service consultant Tricon
Lighting designer Studio Fractal

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