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Bouygues UK wins £250m Cambridge Uni lab

Bouygues UK has won a £250m contract to build a physics laboratory and neighbouring “shared facilities hub” for the University of Cambridge.

The research centre was designed by architect Jestico + Whiles and received a £75m funding contribution from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.

The contract was awarded by the university’s development arm Lynxvale.

Named Cavendish III, the laboratory will sit on the West Cambridge campus and have a gross internal area of 33,000 sq m.

It will feature a range of laboratories, offices, clean rooms and lecture theatres.

The University of Cambridge said it wanted to bring the “large number of research groups in the department together under one roof to encourage collaboration”.

The neighbouring shared facilities will have a GIA of 4,650 sq m and provide catering, collaborative teaching, meeting and study spaces for the campus.

Construction of the main works will begin in early 2019, with completion scheduled for spring 2022. 

The original Cavendish Laboratory was built in the centre of the university’s campus in 1874 and was moved to the West campus in the early 1970s.

Head of the Cavendish Laboratory at Cambridge University Andy Parker said the new laboratory “will serve as a home for physics research at Cambridge, as well as a first-rate facility for the UK as a whole”.

Bouygues UK chairman Fabienne Viala said: “Having collaborated with the university and wider project team to incorporate the stringent criteria required of a physics laboratory where internationally significant research will take place, we are pleased to be bringing this major project to life.”

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