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National Research Facility for Infrastructure Sensing

Interdisciplinary Centre for infrastructure sensors and instrumentation

Out of an original 48 entries in the east of England, the University of Cambridge Civil Engineering Building is one of 22 building projects to be considered for the RIBA 2022 Regional award, with the winners to be announced in early May.


The building offers a world-class research space and is home to the Department of Engineering's Civil Engineering Division and the newly established UKCRIC National Research Facility for Infrastructure Sensing (NRFIS).  Its construction was started in September 2017 and completed at the beginning of May 2019.

The building is the first phase of a design for the new engineering campus which, when complete, will reintegrate the entire department into a single site, providing 100,000 sq m of research, teaching and collaboration space.

Project partners involved in the design and construction of the new Civil Engineering Building involved: Grimshaws (Architects); Smith and Wallwork Engineers (Civil and Structural engineering); AECOM (Project management); Montressor Partners LLP (Façade engineering); Max Fordham (M&E and Sustainability); SDC (Building Contractor); RH Architects, Ramboll, KJ Tait (Contractor design team); Ground Engineering (Site Investigation); Turkington Martin (Landscape Architects).

Details of the building’s design and construction by Architects Grimshaw and Civil and Structural Engineers Smith and Wallwork are available here: