The University of Cambridge has awarded Willmott Dixon the £11million contract to build a primary school that will be operated by the university. The school, designed by Marks Barfield Architects, will be the first completed building as part of the North West Cambridge Development.
The circular design of the University of Cambridge Primary School has evolved from discussions with experts in both primary education and the university’s faculty of education to incorporate current pedagogical approaches to create an innovative and flexible space that will meet the needs of the school: providing primary education, teacher training and educational research. The three-form entry school building incorporates sustainability principles and will be built to BREEAM ‘excellent’ standard.
Gavin Heaphy, construction director for the North West Cambridge Development, said: “Through the Scape framework, Willmott Dixon have demonstrated extensive experience of building high-quality school projects and we are confident that they will deliver an excellent new school which will be an asset for the local community.”
Chris Tredget, managing director of Willmott Dixon, said: “We are delighted to be working on this exciting new primary school and to be involved in the early stages of the North West Cambridge Development. We are looking forward to providing Cambridge’s families with an exceptional school and to extending our long relationship with the University of Cambridge.”
Willmott Dixon will work with the North West Cambridge Development consultants, Turner and Townsend Project Management and Gardiner and Theobald Cost Management.
The University of Cambridge Primary School will be the first building to open as part of the North West Cambridge Development and will open in phases from September 2015, serving the development site and a local catchment.