The Capella Laboratory in Cambridge is being constructed by PCE Ltd using two cranes on a confined site - with a relatively small footprint between two existing and in-use facilities.
The building is being designed to provide world class scientific and research facilities with a stringent requirement to minimize vibrational effects when it is occupied and in use due to the very sensitive scientific equipment that will be installed. PCE’s approach has embraced this - and by using BIM techniques has allowed the integration of an extremely complex services strategy.
This includes the pre-installation of the main services routes and package plant along with the integration of a precast façade solution with pre-installed glazing.
The structural frame design adopted is generally precast columns with a combination of precast concrete edge beams and structural steel Deltabeam spine beams, supporting 300mm deep hollowcore planks and a 300mm reinforced insitu structural concrete topping. The Architect for the Capella Laboratory is the Fairhursts Design Group.