The site was previously owned by the National Institute of Agricultural Botany (NIAB) and the development will take place in three phases, known as NIAB1, 2 and 3. Building work has not yet begun and the first show homes are not expected to be opened until early 2014. However, Barratt Homes understood the advantage of bringing GTC in early, the subcontractor said, as demand for electricity in the Cambridge area is expected to rise rapidly in the near future.
GTC regional sales manager Mark Lane said: “With a phased approach to the build and a large number of plots, it is essential that the installation of the utilities infrastructure is carefully planned to ensure energisation occurs to meet the precise schedule of the developer.
“Securing the necessary utilities early in the project cycle is prudent and does not constrain our ability to flex to the changing needs on the site as it develops. These are elements that should never be underestimated as they often have a significant impact on overall cost.”