11 October 2019
ISG has opened its first office in the city of Cambridge as a response to growing demand for its specialist expertise delivering highly engineered spaces, particularly in the higher education, technology, pharmaceutical and health sectors.
Led by director Chris Chappell, ISG’s new eastern base, in Clifton Court, has made a successful entry into the market, with the contractor securing preferred contractor status on two projects with the University of Cambridge, with work expected to commence early in 2020. ISG’s move to extend the geographical scope of its Engineering Services business outside its core M25 region reflects the business’ growing reputation as a niche delivery specialist across technically complex projects. It also represents a direct response to increasing investment levels directed at the region’s world-class science parks and the university estate.
Chris Chappell, regional director for ISG’s Engineering Services business, commented: “Cambridge and the wider East of England area continues to benefit from significant levels of inward investment, as access to cutting-edge research facilities, a highly skilled and educated workforce, great connectivity and the availability of development land all combine to attract both investors and organisations from across the globe.
“Our world-class universities are a key element driving this trend, through direct investment in their own facilities, but also as a focus for innovation and spinout organisations that require purpose-built spaces to thrive. The exponential growth of regional science parks is a clear indication of the continued opportunities that exist for educated contractors with a specialist technical service offer and the credentials to deliver at the highest standards.”
ISG is currently nearing completion on Imperial College London’s £90 million biomedical engineering research centre at the university’s White City Campus, where the contractor previously delivered a £61 million scheme to create a new home for the Department of Chemistry. ISG’s award-winning project to convert a 1970s London office block into one of Europe’s top pathology facilities has proved transformational for clients as they reimagine how existing buildings can be successfully converted into highly engineered spaces.