Faithful+Gould Fulfils Key Role in the Regeneration of Cambridge University

Dale Potts
Faithful+Gould provided cost management services for the development of two new departments, the Institute of Criminology and English department on the Sidgwick Site.

Worldwide project and cost consultant Faithful+Gould has played a key role in the regeneration of the Sidgwick Site for the University of Cambridge. Working alongside architects Allies and Morrison, the organisation provided cost management services for the development of two new departments on the site.

The project involved the development and construction of a new building to accommodate the Institute of Criminology and the replacement of an existing building to create a new Faculty for the department of English, along with new and upgraded infrastructure surrounding the two sites.

Involved from the inception of the project, Faithful+Gould worked alongside the team during the masterplanning phase to optimise the usage of potential space and existing facilities. With several listed buildings and work by some of the most influential architects of the 20th century including Foster, Cullinan and Stirling, Faithful+Gould assisted the team in meeting the needs of the planners whilst ensuring any developments complemented this unique environment.

Managing the two-stage tender process, Faithful+Gould secured contractors and provided cost management services throughout the construction of the two buildings. Its role included initial and detailed estimation, life cycle costing, risk analysis and value engineering.

An additional element of the project, the construction of a new Faculty of Land Economy, has been granted planning permission and is set to proceed in the near future.

In a separate initiative, Faithful+Gould recently partnered with Cambridge Architectural Research Limited in a DTI funded ‘partner innovation project’ to determine how life cycle costing techniques could be improved.

The Institute of Criminology was formally opened by Lord Woolf, the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, on May 11, 2005.