The Challenge:

Northstowe Education Campus was born out of a need for an increase in educational facilities in the area. Kier was appointed in late 2017 to design and construct the first phase of the new Education Campus, a secondary school, within the developing new town of Northstowe in Cambridgeshire, with an overall value of approx. £42m.

An exemplar design was required to suit Cambridgeshire County Council’s aspirations and the demands of the local masterplan.

Based on the complexity of the project, the construction programme was extremely challenging. Having reviewed three possible modern methods of construction namely; precast concrete, volumetric modular and CLT, CLT was chosen to meet the environmental credentials for reductions in noise, dust, construction deliveries and site waste.

The Solution:

The school was developed in close consultation with the School sponsor, Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust alongside Cambridgeshire County Council and Homes England. The design was tailored to suit the Trust’s vision as well as allowing for future flexibility.

It was vital the campus delivered architectural excellence by providing innovative and inspiring buildings with high quality, welcoming and inclusive arrival spaces.

The project, the first of three phases to be delivered by Kier over the next few years, included a 600 place Secondary School with 12 Form of Entry core facilities, the 110 place SEN School and Energy Centre, suitably sized to service the completed Campus. The project included provision for shared community Sports and Leisure facilities including use of the indoor and outdoor sports facilities, a gymnasium, three activity studios, a learning resource centre and a 400-seat Theatre/Main Hall for use by production companies.

The Impact:

Many stakeholders were involved throughout the project including our Client, Cambridgeshire County Council (CCC) as well as South Cambs District Council, Homes England and the end user Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust (CMAT).

Kier is proud to have delivered well over 100 projects for Cambridgeshire County Council over the last 12 years and three iterations of its Contractors Framework. We continue to work very closely with the Council and look forward to completing the further phases of the Northstowe Campus as demand from the new township grows.

" I wanted to convey my thanks to all of you for your expertise in delivering a truly exceptional school that will hopefully make many more visitors say wow as they walk from space to space. From the frosted glass in the hydrotherapy pool which illuminates the room beautifully, to the cut outs in the dining hall walls …and the impressive vista sitting on community square. It is truly an asset that the residents of Northstowe should be proud of. A solid pat on the back to everyone. "
Alison Revell Education Capital Projects Manager

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