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Cambridge Design & Construction Awards 2022

We are very proud that one of our recently completed projects has picked up 2 honours at the prestigious Cambridge Design and Construction Awards 2022.

The Civil Engineering building for the University of Cambridge was one of the winners of the Best New Building (over £2m category). The scheme also picked up the award for Engineering and Sustainability.

The building design boasts large areas of natural ventilation controlled via the building management system, roof mounted PV’s and a ground source heat pump arrangement served by 21 No. 165m deep bore holes. The scheme incorporates a number of pioneering aspects including an energy/cost metric to minimize energy usage, a design for deconstruction, elements of innovative concrete, and the installation of integrated sensors within the superstructure to monitor performance throughout the life span of the building. It also houses a structural lab test facility with a moving floor to accommodate some substantial experimental structures and associated weights. Most of the spaces have exposed services and acoustic panels with restricted routing via pre formed holes through the structural steel. Bower Fuller provided the complete design and build of the mechanical and electrical services to BIM level 2, working closely with main contractor SDC.

Some of the judges’ comments were:

“This project has been some years in the making, and during its genesis Cambridge University made the welcome decision to no longer use fossil fuels as a heat source. The building exemplifies what happens when the skills and research expertise of the occupants shape the design and construction of a building. It is built so that it can be expanded or adapted, and although its ambition was to minimize carbon in construction, it is also proving to be exceptionally carbon-efficient to run.  We thought it magnificent.”