The University of Cambridge’s North West Cambridge Development creates a new district for Cambridge and involves developing 150 hectares of former farmland to provide accommodation for university and college staff, postgraduate students 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 has been appointed as NEC Supervisor for the SWIC works which include significant reprofiling of the existing land and the construction of site roads, foul and surface water drainage, utilities installation and hard and soft landscaping for the whole development. The works are designed to be environmentally sustainable, with the surface water collected and partially reused for toilet flushing and plant irrigation or drained to the lakes. The main buildings are heated by a district heating system serviced by an on-site energy centre. The highway works include new road junctions with two of the main feeder roads to Cambridge town centre.

calfordseaden’s team includes two full-time NEC Supervisors, who inspect and monitor the work on site, supported by additional staff from the main office. Duties include inspection of road, drainage, utilities, earthworks and landscape construction, including witnessing tests on materials and workmanship and site safety. The inspection and witnessing is co-ordinated with the Contractor’s Inspection and Test Plans and Method Statements. Inspection includes review of material quality certificates for compliance and with the Works Information. Reporting is provided by means of weekly and monthly reports to the client and project manager.