UTC Cambridge chooses BAM to deliver specialist education facilities

BAM Construction has been announced as preferred bidder for a £9million contract to build UTC Cambridge. The contractor will deliver a three-storey building to hold 670 students aged 14 to 19. The university technical college will specialise in biomedical and environmental sciences and technologies.

It will include five super labs on the top floor. These will hold 90 students each, with three capable of joining together to emulate large-scale research conditions.

Sustainability features will include a combined heat and power plant to provide low-carbon energy; photovoltaic cells; and gravel beds to control rainwater run-off.

Pupils at Long Road Sixth Form College and Cambridge Regional College, both of which are sponsoring the UTC, will have the opportunity to learn from the construction project. Local suppliers will be used where possible.

The UTC will be built adjacent to the £175million Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB), which was completed by BAM last year. The LMB was officially opened on 23 May by Her Majesty the Queen. The complex building houses some of the world’s most eminent scientists and researchers. BAM Construction also refurbished the Grafton Centre.

BAM regional design manager Malcolm Boyd said:

‘We are very excited to be back building science facilities in Cambridge. The LMB project helped us develop our designs for the science laboratories in the UTC, a key contribution to this important win for BAM.

‘BAM is committed to ensuring our work creating UTC Cambridge will benefit pupils, teachers, the wider community and the environment.’

Start on site is scheduled for September 2013, with the UTC due to open a year later at the start of the 2014/15 academic year.

BAM’s design arm will carry out structural design as well as specifying furniture, fittings and equipment. It will work closely with architect Hawkins Brown on the scheme. BAM Plant will work closely with the project team to provide plant equipment and services that will reduce cost, risk and environmental impact.

The giant LMB scheme generated millions of pounds in orders for local Cambridge companies, including archaeological works from the University of Cambridge, and firms supplying roofing, specialist refrigeration services, plastering, scaffolding, blinds, water and even gardening services from the County Council itself. In turn this strengthened the company’s supply chain in the area.

BAM made significant community links through the three-year LMB project. These included giving three days of voluntary work to build a nature garden designed by eight-year-old Emma Deadman of St Philips Primary School making her Britain’s youngest ever landscape gardener.