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News » UK » Rapid progress for North West Cambridge Development » published 15 Nov 2016

Rapid progress for North West Cambridge Development

Drone footage has been released showing progress on construction of the North West Cambridge Development.

Three years ago this was green fields Above: Three years ago this was green fields

Construction began in 2013 and the first phase is focused on the creation of the new local centre, Eddington, which is due for completion in 2017.

Three million construction hours have now been worked on the University of Cambridge led development to create a new district on the edge of the city.

Construction director Gavin Heaphy said: “The pace of construction has been incredible. In May, we celebrated two million hours on site and reaching another milestone this year highlights the intensity of construction and the scale of the project. We look forward to completing buildings throughout 2017 and opening up this new part of Cambridge.”

The project, which is the University of Cambridge’s largest single capital project, has more than 1,000 operatives on-site working daily across multiple contractor lots to build the new district.  Eddington, the local centre, will have 700 homes for university staff, 325 post-graduate student rooms, a supermarket, community centre, energy centre along with vital infrastructure and open space to support the new community.   There will also be some market housing for private sale to help fund the development.

The main contractors who have worked on site for the university include: BAM Construct, Ener-G, Farrans, Graham Construction, RG Carter, Skanska, Vital Energi, Wates Construction and Willmott Dixon.



North West Cambridge Development project team

  • Client: University of Cambridge
  • Project management: Turner and Townsend
  • Planning and masterplanning consultant: Aecom
  • Cost management: Gardiner & Theobald
  • NEC supervisor: Calfordseaden
  • Consulting engineer: URS, now Aecom
  • Transport consultant: Peter Brett Associates
  • Sustainability consultant: Aecom SDG
  • Legal consultant: Berwin Leighton Paisner
  • CDM consultant: Faithful & Gould
  • Public art consultant: Contemporary Art Society and Insite Arts


Main contractors:

  • BAM Construct
  • Ener-G
  • Farrans
  • Graham Construction
  • RG Carter
  • Skanska
  • Vital Energi
  • Wates Construction
  • Willmott Dixon




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This article was published on 15 Nov 2016 (last updated on 15 Nov 2016).

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