In a project with an estimated value of £22m, VolkerFitzpatrick will be demolishing one building and then replacing it with several new buildings which will form a ‘wrap' around an internal courtyard.
The four-storey wrap will see the extension and refurbishment of the existing library and media centre to create a new Open Access Learning Centre. There will also be the development of new 400, 200 and 100 seat lecture theatres, 30 and 40 seat classrooms and ‘Harvard style' lecture spaces.
The University's Ashcroft International Business School will also be relocated, and there will be improved social areas, an additional café, a mezzanine exhibition space and a drama rehearsal space.
The redevelopment will see the demolition of the existing 3000m2 Rackham Building and 7500 m2 of new build. The project will commence with the enabling and demolition work in July 2009, with the project completing in time for the start of the 2011 academic year.
Much will be done to ensure the redevelopment leads to an accessible, welcoming and safe space at the heart of the University's campus. There will be a high degree of integration between new and old buildings and the redevelopment is designed to cause minimal impact upon the environment, existing features and those living in the immediate vicinity of the campus.
"The purpose of this project is to create a stimulating learning environment which via the wrap of the central courtyard reflects the more traditional Cambridge quads" said David Murphy, Divisional Managing Director of Building for VolkerFitzpatrick. "We are excited and delighted to have been chosen as the contractor to create this state of the art education facility" he said.