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National Research Facility for Infrastructure Sensing

Interdisciplinary Centre for infrastructure sensors and instrumentation

Photo: Civil Engineering Building, Cambridge  © Paul Raftery (

The Civil Engineering Building housing NRFIS is among 17 buildings to win the RIBA 2022 East Award from the Royal Institute of British Architects, in recognition of its architectural merit.

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.

“We are delighted our new Civil Engineering Building has won this year’s Royal Institute of British Architects East Award”, says Professor Simon Guest, Head of Civil Engineering. “Its design incorporates pioneering and innovative engineering with minimal energy usage, sustainability, and circular design at its core. With a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating behind it and designed to meet best practice guidance on occupant comfort and amenity, it is a worthy winner of the award.”

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: