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Skanska wins £49.9 million University of Cambridge project

North West Cambridge Development
Press release 01/08/2014 09:02 CET

Skanska UK has won the £49.9 million contract from the University of Cambridge to deliver the site wide infrastructure for Phase 1 of the North West Cambridge Development, the University’s largest single capital development project.

Skanska has already won a £3 million junction improvement project and early site preparation works worth £1.5 million on the North West Cambridge Development.  As a result of the new contract it will now carry out the whole infrastructure project. 

The site wide infrastructure contract will include the delivery of earthworks, drainage, primary and secondary roads, new junction with the public highway, all utilities (gas, water, electricity, data/communications), co-ordination of the installation of the site wide district heating network, as well as hard and soft landscaping including Market Square public realm, sports fields and ancillary buildings.

It will also include the provision of all logistics and management arrangements to enable site works, including traffic management, security, delivery management, site access and management of roadways throughout the building works.

The project commences in August 2014 and is scheduled for completion in spring 2017.

A major feature of the project will be the largest rainwater recycling system in the country. The site wide sustainable urban drainage system will move rainwater via a series of swales towards a lagoon, before the water is treated and pumped back into the homes for non-potable uses.

The drainage system will be integrated and enhanced by extensive planting to form one of the largest soft landscaping projects in the country containing over 2,400 trees in phase one.

Gavin Heaphy, Construction Director of the North West Cambridge Development said: “The University’s investment in infrastructure reflects the deep commitment to creating a high quality urban development that will benefit not only the future residents, but also neighbouring communities. The complex logistics behind the infrastructure, coupled with the ambitious levels of sustainability, make this a great opportunity for Skanska to join the team and work with us to create a lasting legacy for the University and the wider area.”

“The North West Cambridge Development is one we are particularly proud to have won and we look forward to our continued relationship with the University.” said Bill Hocking, Executive Vice President, Skanska UK. “Our previous work for the University has demonstrated that we have a clear understanding of its requirements and can deliver to them effectively. It is a strong endorsement of Skanska’s ability to provide innovative, sustainable and cost-effective solutions and builds on our other extensive infrastructure services projects in the region.”

Skanska has also provided highways maintenance services for Cambridgeshire County Council since 1997, as well as for Peterborough City Council since 1998.

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