Construction consultancy Turner & Townsend has successfully completed on the University of Cambridge Primary School, which is the first university training school at primary level in the UK.
The three-form-entry school, which is part of a £1 billion urban extension to the north west of Cambridge, combines primary education with a purpose-built research facility, and provision of teacher training. The school is sponsored by the world-famous university and governed by a separate trust.
Turner & Townsend, which started work on the £11m school in November 2014, is project manager for the first phase of the North West Cambridge Development (NWCD) – costing £330m. Alongside the school, it will include 1,475 homes and student rooms, and community facilities including a supermarket, community centre and infrastructure.
The primary school, which was partly opened in September last year for 110 reception and Key Stage One pupils, is now fully operational and will have a total enrolment of 630 children by September 2021. It is the first building in operation on the development.
The rapid delivery was ensured using the Scape Framework – an innovative procurement system combining the expertise of the public sector with the efficiency of the private sector.
The building has an Excellent rating under the industry standard BREEAM scheme, showing the school’s building design excelled in every environmental category.
Gavin Heaphy, Construction Director of the North West Cambridge Development, said: “The school will provide an excellent experience for its children based on educational policies that are rooted in evidence and research. It will also provide a first-rate centre for the training of primary school teachers. Our ambition over time is to create a school that will be a beacon of excellence having both national and international influence.”