David Attenborough Building (formerly Arup), Cambridge

Prism have completed the £3M glazing works to the David Attenborough Building (formerly Arup), refurbishment for Cambridge University.

This brutalist icon, designed by Arup Associates in the 1960s has been restored and re-invented as a cross-disciplinary conservation campus and sustainability exemplar.

It provides a vibrant centre for the Cambridge Conservation Initiative, a partnership between the University of Cambridge and leading internationally-focused biodiversity conservation organisations and transforms the world-class academic collections of the Museum of Zoology into an exciting destination for the public.

Some sympathetic but striking architectural interventions adapt the building to its new purpose and an innovative sustainability strategy delivers a low energy outcome whilst preserving the integrity of the original Sir Philip Dowson design. The works incorporated the Suncool 66/33 units supplied by Pilkington UK.

Awards Winner: RIBA National Award Winner: RIBA East Award Winner: RIBA East Conservation Award Winner: RIBA Journal Schüco Excellence Awards, Best Education Project Winner: AJ Specification Award (Doors & Windows) with Schüco Winner: Cambridge Design and Construction Awards Highly Commended: RICS East of England Awards, Design in Innovation Finalist: Building Awards Shortlisted: AJ Specification Awards Shortlisted: British Construction Industry Awards

Main Contractor
Kier Construction - Eastern
Architect
Nicholas Hare Architects LLP
Requirement
An ambitious redevelopment providing remodelled space for the Department of Zoology and for the collaborative Cambridge Conservation Initiative (CCI) which brings together academics and conservation NGO’s.
Solution
Various Schuco systems including: Schuco FW50 +/ FW60SG, Jansen VISS.AWS 65 HD, AWS 65 BS, AWS 102 SK.