The first building completion on the North West Cambridge Development has today been achieved as the contractor, Willmott Dixon, handed over the full circular building for the University of Cambridge Primary School. 

Gavin Heaphy, Construction Director of the North West Cambridge Development said: “This is a tremendous achievement for the project and a major team effort in delivering the project on time and on budget from the University, Turner and Townsend as Project Managers, Gardiner and Theobald as Cost Managers and calfordseaden as NEC Supervisor. Willmott Dixon and their team of subcontractors have worked to a tight programme to deliver a fantastic school building beautifully designed by Marks Barfield Architects, that is highly sustainable and a superb learning facility for the children. Congratulations to all our delivery team who have made this a memorable milestone for the history of the project.” 

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Chris Tredget, Managing Director of Willmott Dixon said: “My team have worked incredibly hard to deliver a truly excellent school of the highest standard. The building is superb and will be a fantastic place of teaching and learning. We are proud to be the first facility on the North West Cambridge Development to complete and to have set high standards for others to follow.”


The school building has been designed by Marks Barfield Architects, creators of the London Eye, which has been informed by discussions with the Faculty of Education and leading educational experts to create a unique learning environment that will fulfil its commitments to being an inclusive school and to being a University Training School.   

The Primary School has operated in a portion of the building since it opened its doors in September 2015, as part of the planned phased completion, with an initial intake of some 110 pupils for Reception, Years 1 and 2. 

James Biddulph, Headteacher of the University of Cambridge Primary School said: “The first term for the school has flown by and the children have been forging excellent learning practice and friendships. Having the full circular building and the green space within and around the building will enable the children to explore even more through our ambitious curriculum.  We can’t wait to start back in the New Year.”

The University of Cambridge Primary School will provide education for children aged four – 11. It is a mixed-ability co-educational school. It will not have a specific religious character, nor a particular faith ethos. In addition to providing an inclusive and high-quality primary education for local children, the school offers unique training and research opportunities through its close relationship with the Faculties and Departments of the University of Cambridge. It will also continue to work in partnership with local schools.    

The school is expected to grow gradually and when fully occupied is expected to accommodate 630 pupils from a local catchment.

Further details about the University of Cambridge Primary School can be found at

See the time-lapsed footage of the building of the Primary School here.

Turner and Townsend have provided project management services; Gardiner and Theobald have provided cost management services; and calfordseaden have been the NEC supervisor.