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BAM secures £9m Cambridge college contract

BAM Construction has announced it is the preferred bidder for a new £9 million for the delivery of a new university technical college (UTC) in Cambridge.

UTC Cambridge will be one of the most advanced educational and research institutions in the country once completed and includes plans for the delivery of a new three-storey structure fitted with five new 'super labs' at its summit.

Each will offer space for up to 90 students, while three will be large enough to replicate large-scale research conditions to help pupils learn in an environment comparable to within industry.

Overall, the property will provide learning areas for up to 670 students aged between 14 and 19, while pupils at nearby Long Road Sixth Form College and Cambridge Regional College will be given the opportunity to learn as much as they can from this ambitious project during the construction phase.

The new property is set to be built adjacent to the recently completed £175 million Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB).

BAM regional design manager Malcolm Boyd said: "We are very excited to be back building science facilities in Cambridge. The LMB project helped us develop our designs for the science laboratories in the UTC, a key contribution to this important win for BAM."

Work at the site is expected to get underway next month, with BAM aiming for completion of the project in term for the new intake of students for the 2014/15 academic year.

Architect responsibilities have been attributed to BAM's design arm, including the specification of materials and the overall look of the new building.

It aims to be one of the greenest developments the company has undertaken to date, featuring a combined heat and power plant to provide low-carbon energy, photovoltaic cells and gravel beds to control rainwater run-off.

The projects comes at a time when the developer is flying high in terms of its green commitments, topping the Environment Agency's charts for carbon reduction for all UK businesses last year. 

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