BAM scoops £80m North West Cambridge job

Aaron Morby 10 years ago
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The University of Cambridge has awarded its largest value construction package for the first phase of the North West Cambridge Development to BAM Construction.

The £80m contract will include building significant areas of the new local centre, named Eddington, on the vast University-led housing scheme.

BAM beat Vinci, Interserve and Skanksa to the job, which saw two contract packages (lots 1 and 3) rolled up into one.

Cambridge North West phase one

Works include 352 homes for University and College key workers built to Code for Sustainable Homes Level 5, as well as a supermarket, shops, a doctors surgery, and the shell of the energy centre built to BREEAM Excellent standard.

Gavin Heaphy, construction director of the North West Cambridge Development, said: “BAM’s considerable experience in the realisation of large and complex projects, coupled with their commitment to sustainable delivery made them the right choice to become our partner for two major Lots on the development (Lots 1 and 3).”

Stuart Robinson, construction director for BAM, said: “We will draw on our strong track record in Cambridge, having delivered the complex Laboratory of Molecular Biology for the Medical Research Council, and a new University Technical College here.

“Our knowledge of the local supply chain and the community allows us both to be an efficient contractor and a good partner. It’s an exciting project, and we’re keen to get started.”

BAM will build to the designs from Wilkinson Eyre, Mole Architects, Mecanoo and landscape architects Townshend.

Phase one as a whole covers 155 hectares and will include 530 key-worker homes, over 300 student bed spaces, primary school and the local centre.

North West Cambridge Phase one

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Lot 1: Foodstore, energy centre, police touchdown and housing – BAM
Lot 2: Local shops, amenities and housing
Lot 3: Housing – BAM
Lot 4: Housing
Lot 5: Student Housing – Graham Construction
Lot 6: Primary School – Willmott Dixon
Lot 7: Community Centre and Nursery
Lot 8: Housing
Lot 9: Housing
Lot A: Public Realm and Parklands
Lot B: Market Square, Local Centre and Public Realm

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