We have recently completed the construction of a 73 unit keyworker accommodation scheme on the North West Cambridge Development.
The University of Cambridge are currently developing the North West Cambridge site to create a new district and extension to the City, centred around a mixed academic and urban community: a place that is sustainable, long lasting and ambitious offering a high quality of life to enhance both the City and the University.
The intention is to provide for the future expansion and renewal of the University through the creation of research space and residential accommodation for staff and students, with an economic return to the University.
Phase One of the £1.5billion scheme is well underway with a total area of 150 Hectares available for the development between Huntingdon Road and Madingley Road. The development has a design life of 150 years, which is double the standard requirement. This demonstrates the Client’s commitment to providing a high quality, sustainable development for years to come.
The first residents have now moved into the new accommodation: the first homes on the North West Cambridge Development to be lived in.
The works were carried out on a live site with seven other contractors present and undertaking adjacent works. The Site Wide Infrastructure Contractor (Skanska) has implemented a delivery schedule where we have to book suitable delivery slots on an online system to ensure minimal traffic build up not only on site but also in the local area.
Exemplary health and safety, quality and design management procedures have been a main focus of the site. We have embraced this collaborative ethos and worked closely with the university team and the other main contractors to share ideas and concerns to establish and promote best practice. One of our contributions was to offer free face fit testing for all contractors on site with our trained safety advisors.
As part of our commitment to the Considerate Constructors Scheme, the site team have taken part in a number of initiatives including a charity car wash for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices. The team’s commitment to the CCS scheme has been rewarded with excellent scores on the audits, including 43/50 and ‘Performance Beyond Compliance’ with particular praise for Site Manager Will Robinson actioning highlighted areas for improvement on the previous report. Notably, career opportunities, community support, welfare facilities and commitment to operative wellbeing scored highly with encouragement given to the team to continue the high standards on site.