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Cambridge University tenders £48m biotech building

Cambridge University is seeking contractors to bid for a £48 million design & build project to create a new home for its Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology.

The Department was created by a merger in 2008 but is constrained by the existing buildings of the two previous departments. The new £48 million building, to be located at the University’s West Cambridge Campus, would house all Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology teaching and research under one roof.

The building will need to be energy-efficient and include social spaces, workshops, teaching, administration, and a wide range of laboratory spaces.

BDP has already been appointed as architect for the scheme, while Davis Langdon was brought in as cost consultant in November.

A contract notice for the project was issued by the University on the Official Journal of the European Union on Wednesday calling for expressions of interest and seeking a minimum of three bidders.

Contractors are being asked to bid to initially work on the stage 1 design phase of a 2 stage develop and construct contract. The contractor will be appointed at the end of RIBA Stage D.

Works are expected to start on site in March 2013 with completion in June 2015.

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