TT Completes University Cambridge Primary School

Turner & Townsend has completed work on the University of Cambridge Primary School, the UK’s first university-based primary school.

The three-form-entry school is part of a £1 billion urban extension to the north-west of Cambridge that combines primary education with a purpose-built research facility and teacher training. The school is sponsored by the world-renowned university and run by a separate trust.

Turner & Townsend, which began work on the £11 million school in November 2014, is the project manager for the first phase of the £330 million North West Cambridge Development (NWCD). Along with the school, there will be 1,475 homes and student rooms, as well as community facilities such as a supermarket, community centre, and infrastructure.

The primary school, which opened partially in September last year for 110 reception and Key Stage One students, is now fully operational and will have a total enrollment of 630 children by September 2021. It is the development’s first operational structure.

The Scape Framework – an innovative procurement system that combines the expertise of the public sector with the efficiency of the private sector – was used to ensure timely delivery.

The global consultancy, which is project managing eight contractors for the first phase of the NWCD, contributed to the school’s building design receiving an Excellent rating under the industry standard BREEAM scheme, demonstrating that it excelled in every environmental category. Marks Barfield Architects, who also designed the London Eye, created the building’s eye-catching circular design. The main contractor is Willmott Dixon.

Turner & Townsend has a long history of project and cost management in the educational sector. So far, the consultancy has been involved in 112 schools, with half of them currently under construction.

“This primary school has been an extremely challenging project with a very ambitious delivery programme on an iconic building,” said Robert Fraser, Senior Project Manager for Turner & Townsend.

“Working within a large development with multiple contractors and dealing with site logistics for deliveries, infrastructure works, and construction was one of the major challenges.” Turner & Townsend’s management of the collaborative working between the individual projects ensured clear and concise organisation and coordination.

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“Our aim was to have a primary school of which the University and Cambridge could be proud, and we are exceptionally pleased with how Turner & Townsend has managed to work collaboratively with Willmott Dixon to deliver the project in a year,” said Gavin Heaphy, construction director of the North West Cambridge Development.

“The school will provide an excellent experience for its students based on evidence-based and research-based educational policies.” It will also serve as a premier training facility for primary school teachers. Our long-term goal is to establish a school that will be a national and international beacon of excellence.

“At the North West Cambridge Development, we are determined to create a successful, sustainable, mixed-use community as an extension of the City, with high-quality design in buildings and public space.” We appreciate all of the contributions that have been made to help us achieve this goal, and we look forward to continuing to collaborate with everyone to bring our vision to fruition.”

Last Updated on December 29, 2021

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