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North Range Building Project, University of Cambridge


Location Client Size Completion
Cambridge University of Cambridge 7,100 sqm March 2019

Project details

The North Range Building project, which sits within the historic New Museums Site, involved a combination of demolition, refurbishment of Grade II listed buildings and new build elements. The project relocates several student support functions into a single, consolidated location, whilst the replacement examination halls also provide flexible seminar and multi-use space outside of the exams season, complementing the refurbished 250-seat historic lecture theatre. New basement cycle parking with ramped access enabled demolition of several less significant buildings and has created a series of urban courts with better connections to the city and wider university.

Our engineers helped implement energy efficiency measures, positively contributing to the university’s carbon reduction targets whilst enhancing the quality of the refurbished spaces through integration of new ventilation, acoustic and lighting strategies. The complex nature of the project necessitated the development of a bespoke Sustainability Framework, which built on many key features of existing rating schemes.

Building Services Engineering

The existing MEP systems were replaced. Passive ventilation was used throughout, maximising the opportunities for natural ventilation (with the exception of the exam halls and seminar spaces due to changing occupancy levels). Thermal mass is exposed in the main floor plates and occupant control is used as much as possible. Upgrading the existing basements provided new plant areas, which is designed to link to an energy centre serving the whole of the site delivered as part of the masterplan.      

The building services design maximises the use of passive design features, in conjunction with highly energy efficient plant to reduce the consumption of non-renewable resources.

A single BIM model was created and used to develop integrated technical solutions, considering both the historical aesthetic and user needs. Replication of solutions across both refurbished and new build areas resulted in maximised economies of scale, across a series of complicated space types.

Integrated services

building services engineering, lighting