The Cavendish III laboratory will be a purpose-built centre for Cambridge university’s Department of Physics, bringing together the large number of research groups in the department under one roof.
Princeenergy have secured several Mechanical and Electrical work packages worth over £8m on the technically complex project with contractor Bouygues Construction.
The new 344,500 sq ft Cavendish III 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.
James Manning, Director of Princeenergy commented “We are very pleased to be working on the Cavendish III project, the vision and design for the end result looks fantastic and we are very much looking forward to playing our part in bringing those designs to fruition”.
Alan Cole, Gavin Harrison and Joshua Howarth are heading up the team on site where enabling and site set-up works began in mid-January. Work then began in March on the installation of the drainage and rainwater systems as well as electrical containment work.
The site was closed for a short period due to Covid-19, but with a fast reaction to the pandemic and an array of procedures in place to prevent its spread, work is now almost back to full capacity with approximately 400 personnel on site.
The project is scheduled to run into the latter part of 2021 with the next phase of work for Princeenergy’s teams being the installation of the primary and secondary containment within CUB 4, Wing 4 and wing 2 basement area as well as the combined bracketry, housing the primary distribution pipe work and electrical services.