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North West Cambridge Development

North West Cambridge Development - Lot 6


Lot 06 accommodates the University of Cambridge Primary School which is a three-form entry school run by a trust, UTS Cambridge.

The School consists of four separate ‘segments’ which are connected by a continuous roof canopy. The main communal block incorporates the main hall, dining room, commercial kitchen, staff rooms and additional training rooms. The construction of the University of Cambridge Primary School began in November 2014. The first phase opened in September 2015 and the second phase completed in December 2015.

Key features

Natural daylighting and ventilation, very low operational energy and water consumption.


  • Energy: Connected to the District CHP and Energy Centre Significant photovoltaic arrays to the main school roof and communal block.
  • Water: Low flow rate sanitary ware has been installed; and the site wide non-potable supply is connected to the school WCs.
  • Ventilation: The desire for natural ventilation has influenced the building design. Low and high levels openable lights have been incorporated to enable passive movement of air.


  • Materials: Steel frame structure. Brickwork finish to external walls with render to gables. Aluminium curtain walling Aluminium standing seam to main roof Concrete with a bituminous membrane to communal block


  • Considerate Construction Scheme: Achieved Exemplary performance with over 40 points and 7 in each section.
  • Occupancy: Client is undertaking post occupancy evaluation and energy and water monitoring.

Site issues

  • Drainage: Site wide drainage infrastructure addresses rates and volume of storm water through a variety of SuDS including balancing lagoons to the Western edge. Water collected is treated and then returned to the school for WC flushing.
  • Ecology: Ecology was considered on a site wide basis, however the school also created habitat for wildlife, including bird boxes.


BREEAM Excellent is a planning requirement for the school.

NHBC worked alongside the team from initial concept through to completion on site. Due to the high BREEAM target the detailed design was brought forward much earlier in the process, which led to an ongoing reiterative process. The Design Stage certification was deliberately delayed until detailed design had been agreed, which ensured that even with a small amount of value engineering prior to appointment of the principal contractor there was very little change in design during construction.

The use of District heating and on site Photovoltaic panels have resulted in a reduction of unregulated energy of more than 30%.

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