BAM gets work in Cambridge again

BAM has been named as preferred bidder for a £9m contract to build UTC Cambridge.

The contractor, which is due to start work this September, will deliver a three-storey building to hold 670 students aged from 14 to 19.

The university technical college, which should be complete by the start of the 2014/15 academic year, will specialise in biomedical and environmental sciences and technologies.

The building, designed by Hawkins Brown, 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 whenever possible.

The UTC will be built adjacent to the £175m Laboratory of Molecular Biology, which was completed by BAM last year and is the company’s largest project to date.

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.”

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