The University of Cambridge’s North West Cambridge Development is a major project, creating a new district for Cambridge and involves developing 150 hectares of former farmland to provide accommodation for university and college staff, postgraduates and homes for private sale.

Supporting facilities for the new community are also being provided including a three form of entry primary school, community centre, doctors surgery, supermarket, hotel, senior living homes and sports pitches. The entire development is set in an idyllic landscape inclusive of parkland and lakes.

calfordseaden’s BIM team is currently providing an advisory role to the University of Cambridge and the consultants involved with the NWC Lot 5 phase of the development. The scheme pilots the University’s BIM initiative and we are proud to be providing advice to the project team in terms of managing and documenting their BIM protocols, ensuring the client’s own set of existing Employer’s Information Requirements (EIRs) documents meet and exceed industry standards. calfordseaden has also been engaged to compare the consultant’s BIM Execution Plan (BEP) and the contractor’s BIM capability assessment against the original requirements.

Model reviews are being carried out as a checking procedure to inform the client of model validation, both in terms of good modelling conventions. This includes naming standards, and reporting on how rich with data the consultant’s models are, reviewing all against the initial EIRs and Asset Information Requirements (AIRs).