Cambridge Assessment provides examinations and teaching materials for examinations in schools in the United Kingdom, and throughout the world. In 2013, following a limited competition they selected Eric Parry Architects to develop a master plan and building design to transform a five acre site adjacent to the main rail line approaching Cambridge station.
The design comprised of shallow depth flexible office space arranged in short wings around courtyards, which recall the college courts, and allow landscaping, natural light and ventilation into the plan. The building provides accommodation for 3,000 employees, with 140 car parking spaces, and 1500 cycle spaces.
The building is designed to have very low energy consumption with a target to achieve a DEC A rating in occupied use. This is achieved through maximising daylight, minimising solar gain, high levels of insulation, and a low energy active chilled beam system providing ventilation, heating and cooling.
The building will complete in 2017, and be occupied in 2018.
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