New Multi-Faith Centre 

Bidwells provided a turn key package for the delivery and fit-out of the new multi-faith centre on the West Cambridge Site. Situated within an existing shell undercroft, the fit-out


The new building is a unique project which supports a truly international community. The project was carried out with limited budget but was managed with care and understanding and due sensitivity. The result was to the highest standards and we could not be more overjoyed to offer space to our international staff and welcome the many faiths from around the world.

Karina Prasad
Head of Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, University of Cambridge


 What we did

  • Advised on the feasibility design of the new multi-faith space, covering Stage 3 design advice, budget costing and procurement options

  • A fundamental part of the design process included understanding the varied requirements of the future occupants and how the spaces needed to adaptable for use by different faiths at any one time

  • Provided a turnkey design solution to take the project successfully through planning

  • Managed the appointment of a contractor on a single stage competitive tender to deliver the Stage 4 design package to fruition



  • The project was delivered on programme, over a 14-week period. This was time critical for the client as the existing facility was due to be demolished and early closure was on the client’s critical path with both time and programme implications if missed

  • The final design met the original brief of creating a versatile facility, with the ability to be rearranged to form four smaller rooms or opened up into one large room

  • Stakeholder management was key to the project’s success as there were several invested parties both from within the university estate and the end users. This ongoing engagement enabled the team to deliver the required quality whilst managing the budget and programme.

  • The client and end users were extremely happy with the product delivered and have a modern and versatile space capable of meeting their requirements



value of the contract


University of Cambridge New Multi Faith Centre

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