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Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, Countryside Properties

GTC were unfazed by the challenge of working on a development where the infrastructure really is a lifeline to the famous Addenbrooke’s Hospital. With GTC there is no risk, even on high-profile complex developments. GTC delivered safely without any interruption to the hospital, and on time.

Development: Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge

Customer: Countryside Properties

Sector: Residential, social and commercial

Utilities: Electricity, Gas

Extending the city

The 269-acre development around Addenbrooke’s Hospital, will form a new urban extension to the south of Cambridge providing family and key worker housing, in 2,600 new homes, with community facilities which will shape vibrant new neighbourhoods. The development includes a new access road to the hospital and 2.3 million s.q.ft of commercial space for the Cambridge Biomedical Campus, a world-class centre for medical research.

Given the size of the development, the utility infrastructure required was extensive. The gas network consisted of two medium pressure governors and 29,000m of onsite mains, whilst the electricity network required 28,000m of onsite cable and seven substations. In addition, a primary substation was built by GTC’s sister company Power On Connections.

Challenging site

Countryside Properties were confident in GTC’s abilities with their market-leading delivery of the utility infrastructure with the technical expertise to overcome any issues associated with a £500 million project.

GTC enjoyed overcoming several challenging aspects, not least the site’s proximity to a major railway line and the busy Addenbrooke’s Hospital. These challenges allowed GTC to combine their specialist engineer experience and project management skills to carefully phase and co-ordinate gas and power to the development with the upstream network operators, on time. GTC installed the first substations and governor to ensure the gas and electricity utilities were live in line with the ambitious programme timescales.

“Selecting the right utilities infrastructure partner to work with on such a high profile and important development for Cambridge and Addenbrooke’s Hospital was critical to our success. Countryside has worked with GTC successfully on many projects before and GTC has the proven technical expertise and ability to deliver to the development programme.”

John Rowbotham, Head of Strategic Land, Countryside Properties