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10/15/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 10/15/2020 02:07

Atkins appointed lead architect and engineer on £36M education campus in Cambridge - 14 October 2020

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Atkins appointed lead architect and engineer on £36M education campus in Cambridge - 14 October 2020

Atkins appointed lead architect and engineer on £36M education campus in Cambridge - 14 October 2020

Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, has been appointed to provide architecture and engineering services to Morgan Sindall Construction on a £36m new education campus in Alconbury Weald, Cambridgeshire.

As Lead Architect, Civil and Structural Engineer and Landscape Architect, Atkins will help bring together the overall campus masterplan and the design for all individual buildings, including of a 600-place secondary school, 300-place sixth form and 130-place special needs free school.

Richard Christmas, Associate Director, said: 'We have created a striking, high quality and sustainable design that responds to Urban&Civic's masterplan. Central to the vision and our design philosophy is the creation of a 'Landscape for Learning' in which all space, both internal and external, can be utilised and adapted to enhance the learning experience and learner participation.'

Alconbury Education Campus will form an important landmark in Cambridge, and sit adjacent to a civic square, which will connect the schools to the wider community. Positioned at the end of a former runway, it is envisioned to be a 'beacon' to the wider community.

The design of Alconbury is also a testament to the effectiveness of new ways of working in the pandemic.

Kieran Dyer, Associate Architect, said: 'Our design was developed as we entered into lockdown, at a time when it was completely alien to design from your dining room table and collaborate entirely virtually. We successfully adapted to a new way of working, using platforms such as Teams on a daily basis to enhance our ability to discuss and explore our design approach.'

Alconbury Education Campus is part of an Urban&Civic development comprising 5,000 new homes, a health centre and retail hub, sustainable transport links, and over 500 acres of green space, including a country park. The Campus design is currently at RIBA Stage 2 and is anticipated to open from September 2023/2024.

This appointment builds on similar projects completed by Atkins' education team, including The Richmond Building for Richmond upon Thames College completed in February 2020. Atkins' multi-discipline team developed the campus masterplan and designs for The Richmond Building, a STEM Centre and Sports Centre, delivered over multiple phases.

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About AtkinsAtkins (www.atkinsglobal.com) is one of the world's most respected design, engineering and project management consultancies, employing over 18,300 people across the UK, North America, Middle East and Africa, Asia Pacific and Europe. We build long-term trusted partnerships to create a world where lives are enriched through the implementation of our ideas. You can view Atkins' recent projects here.

About SNC-Lavalin
Founded in 1911, SNC-Lavalin is a fully integrated professional services and project management company with offices around the world. SNC-Lavalin connects people, technology and data to help shape and deliver world-leading concepts and projects, while offering comprehensive innovative solutions across the asset lifecycle. Our expertise is wide-ranging - consulting & advisory, intelligent networks & cybersecurity, design & engineering, procurement, project & construction management, operations & maintenance, decommissioning and sustaining capital - and delivered to clients in four strategic sectors: EDPM (engineering, design and project management), Infrastructure, Nuclear and Resources, supported by Capital. People. Drive. Results. www.snclavalin.com

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