Bradfield Centre - Projects - MLM
Bradfield Centre - Projects - MLM

Bradfield Centre, Cambridge Science Park

Project Information
  • Location
  • Milton, Cambridge
  • Sector
  • Workplace & Commercial
  • Services
  • Buildings, Structural Engineering, Building Control, Civil Engineering, Geo-environmental Site Investigation
  • Value
  • £11.5m
  • Architect
  • Aukett Swanke

The Bradfield Centre (named for Sir John Bradfield who founded the park as the first in Europe) was brought forward by Trinity College at the start of the Cambridge Science Park redevelopment, as a building to house young entrepreneurs and start up firms in a central hub offering flexible working spaces, offices, meeting rooms and a large auditorium. Providing a large café and outdoor lakeside bar spaces complete the offering, creating cross fertilization of new and existing businesses and ideas on the park.

At 55,600 sqft, the crescent footprint building consists of a 3 storey Reinforced Concrete frame with flat slabs and circular columns. Quality of concrete finishes was extremely important as the entire concrete frame is exposed, with surface mounted services allowing complete re-fitting of the building layouts, as well as minimising materials used in the building fit out and providing thermal mass to the envelope for sustainability.

Externally, permeable paving and soakaways ensure that no surface water enters to local drainage network, including draining the feature paving shared surface approach road, whilst the lakeside open air space provides tiered embankments for external presentations and events, organised by the building operator Central Working.

The Bradfield Centre was the Winner of Best New Large Building at the Cambridge Design and Construction awards, and runner up at the regional BCO Awards for Corporate Fitout.

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