Cavendish III lab soon to be built at University of Cambridge


The new laboratory will be a purpose-built centre for world-leading research, bringing several engineering research groups under one roof to encourage collaboration

Plan for the Cavendish Laboratory at the University of Cambridge, UK. <br>Picture Credit: Jestico + Whiles

Plan for the Cavendish Laboratory at the University of Cambridge, UK.
Picture Credit: Jestico + Whiles

Plans for the new Cavendish Laboratory – a new facility for the University of Cambridge UK – are now well underway. Construction of the new facilities is set to begin in early 2019 with a target completion date of December 2021.

With a gross internal area of around 344,500 ft2, Cavendish III will house a range of laboratories, cleanrooms, workshops and multiple lecture theatres and offices. The basement area will incorporate specialist acoustic and vibration treatments to achieve the stringent control criteria necessary for operating equipment highly sensitive to vibration. There are also challenging criteria to be met in relation to temperature and humidity control and EMI protection.

Bouygues UK, a leading construction companies, along with group company Bouygues Energies & Services and design partners NBBJ and BDP, have been selected by the University of Cambridge to provide consultancy support to the university’s existing project team to develop proposals for a new state-of-the-art physics laboratory and a neighbouring shared facilities hub.

Scheme design is by Jestico + Whiles with CH2M. NBBJ and BDP are taking the design through to completion.

In addition to serving as a home for physics research at Cambridge, the new Cavendish Laboratory will be a top-class facility for the whole of the UK – much of the specialised research equipment in the new building will be made available to other institutions.

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The new building will also provide space in which to communicate findings with student and wider audiences, through teaching labs, seminar rooms and two lecture theatres.