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Plans unveiled for new £1bn Cambridge town

Plans for the construction of a new town have been published, with the University of Cambridge now looking for a main contractor to get underway on the first phase of this ambitious project.The North West Cambridge scheme covers a total of 155 hectares and will provide additional residential accommodation and local amenities for students and staff at the prestigious educational institution once completed.Overall, the new town will provide 530 key-worker homes and space for more than 300 students. In addition, a new supermarket, doctor's surgery and community buildings will ensure all those residing at the new development have access to the best levels of care and support.Gavin Heaphy, construction director for the North West Cambridge development, said: "The ambitions of the development present a great opportunity for main contractors to step forward and not only be a part of the university's major development, but also to set new standards in mixed use and residential building."Some of the most accomplished architects and technical consultants are already on board for phase one of the project and we are now seeking main contractors for the next stage of the delivery process."With the project set to get underway in earnest mid-2014, building contracts are to be tendered to contractors over the coming months.It is hoped completion of the new site can be achieved by 2016, with the university now offering contracts ranging from £5 million to £50 million for builders.A contract briefing session has been organised to take place at the University of Cambridge on September 30th, with all interested parties invited to head along in order to find out more about the works and to register their interest in signing up.All residential properties being built at the site will be constructed in line with the government's Code for Sustainable Homes Level 5, while the project also aims to deliver BREEAM Outstanding ratings for all other buildings. 

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