Refurbishment of unit 154

Trinity College, Cambridge

After initially advising on the dilapidations, Bidwells designed and managed the build project to renovate and remodel a dilapidated 1980’s lab building into six modern units suitable for a start-up business on Cambridge Science Park.


 What we did

  • Designed and specified 10,000 sq ft of modern flexible office space, capable of being converted to labs in order to create six individually supplied and metered units for start-up and innovation use. 

  •  Designed each unit to have its own standalone services with the careful integration of modern HVAC air conditioning with energy recovery units and low energy fittings provided to further improve the energy rating. 

  • Configured new and existing drainage to provide individual WCs, whilst retaining previous lab ‘pop-ups’ for future lab use if required to make the space as flexible as possible for incoming tenants

  •  Redesigned the building carefullly and selected materials to remove all internal common parts and reduce the need for regular ongoing external maintenance, achieving a lower service charge provision for future incoming tenants



  • The project was delivered on an extended 22-week programme, taking account of client led alterations and works by statutory undertakers, but still below the project budget 

  • The modern appearance and functionality of the buildings led to five of the six units being successfully let by the date of practical completion being granted



refurbishment cost


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