21 Nov 2014

Planning Approved for New Innovation Centre

ADP has won planning approval for a new Innovation Centre at the British Antarctic Survey site in Cambridge, the first project to be commissioned in a masterplanning exercise for the whole estate.   

The Innovation Centre is a joint venture between British Antarctic Survey, NERC and University of Cambridge. It adapts the existing estate to suit interdisciplinary collaborative research projects involving polar expertise and aims to create a vibrant niche in the Cambridge ecosystem for excellent research and entrepreneurial activity in the areas of climate change, environmental stewardship and technologies for challenging environments.   

The project consists of a redevelopment of the current temperature controlled environment facility combining a cold water aquarium and experimental rooms capable of operating at temperatures down to minus 10 degrees centigrade. The Ice Core Experimental Room will be refurbished, and a engineering experimental facility operating at temperatures down to minus 55 centigrade will also be developed.   

Part of the site will be remodelled and extended to provide new reception, library and conference facilities and a new collaboration space for use by partners.   

The scheme for the extension has been developed with reference to the molecular structure of an ice crystal, incorporating a hexagonal pattern within a glass cladding system.  

The Innovation Centre and its associated landscaping scheme will help to create a new public face to the site, which is located on the west campus of the University of Cambridge.   

The project is due to complete next summer.