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New high-tech lab for Cambridge

Jestico + Whiles submits planning for University of Cambridge's new Cavendish Laboratory and Shared Facilities Hub

Posted by Julian Owen | October 20, 2017 | Bricks & mortar

Jestico + Whiles has submitted planning applications for two new buildings on behalf of the University of Cambridge. Both schemes will enhance the University’s West Cambridge research campus, which aims to create a globally significant research hub that will help the University to retain its globally competitive position by continuing to attract and retain the world's best academics and researchers, and support entrepreneurship and collaboration with industry.

The proposed new Cavendish Laboratory,is a new project to replace existing facilities for the Department of Physics at West Cambridge. The 34,000m2 building has been designed with CH2M as technical architects on the laboratories and specialist cleanroom areas, and will support research carried out at Cambridge for the next 50 years.

The Shared Facilities Hub will be a 5,000m2 shared facilities building located at the heart of the campus and will provide teaching and spaces for all members of the West Cambridge campus, alongside catering and library facilities.

Professor Andy Parker, Head of the Cavendish Laboratory at The University of Cambridge, 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 in 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.”

Heinz Richardson, Director at Jestico + Whiles said: “We are thrilled to be working with a world leading institution on two significant projects contributing to the University’s wider development for West Cambridge. Both projects build on Jestico + Whiles’ expertise in higher education projects and laboratory design to provide high-tech buildings for research, teaching and collaboration alongside leading facilities for students.”

The new Cavendish lll building will house a number of Physics research groups, their laboratories, cleanrooms, office and support accommodation, along with a public wing housing two lecture theatres, seminar rooms, learning resource centre, common room, outreach and the ‘Cavendish Collection’ exhibition. The building will meet stringent vibration criteria, electromagnetic interference controls and other technical requirements.

The building is scheduled to open at the end of 2022, with construction expected to start in 2019.



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