Cambridge Uni sparks up £150m physics complex plan

Aaron Morby 10 months ago

The University of Cambridge is pressing ahead with plans to relocate its famous Cavendish physics laboratories to a green field site at its West Cambridge Development.

New Cavendish physics lab
Existing Cavendish facilities will be relocated to a purpose built complex on the University's West Cambridge site

Procurement chiefs have just selected the professional team to produce detailed designs for the £150m project, which ranks as one of the most ambitious in the University expansion programme.

The Government announced plans to invest £75m into the University’s Cavendish laboratory, as part of the last Autumn Spending Review. This donation will be matched by the University.

It is proposed that the buildings will include a large clean room and common large-scale experimental facilities, presently within the Mott building, and laboratories and extensive teaching space.

Cavendish laboratory redevelopment

Professional team

  • Architecture: Jestico + Whiles
  • Cost Management: Aecom
  • Project management: Sweett (UK)
  • Civil and structural engineering: Ramboll UK

The University wishes the Cavendish to be relocated on the Paddocks site at its West Cambridge Development.

 new Cavendish Laboratory needs to be built on the East Paddock

The New Cavendish Laboratory is planned to be built on the East Paddock site next to the Veterinary School

The masterplan is to bring together experimental groups including quantum matter, semiconductor physics, surfaces, microstructure and facture and thin film magnetism.

The complex is planned to open in 2020.

This will be the third laboratory to hold the Cavendish name, originally named after the scientist who discovered hydrogen. It was in the first lab that Crick and Watson discovered the structure of DNA.



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