ISG appointed to £680m University of Cambridge Framework
The comprehensive framework encompasses a wide range of projects, including fit out, sensitive heritage refurbishment, and retrofit initiatives, spanning a significant portfolio of existing buildings with the University Estate. This includes heritage buildings, research centres, and laboratory spaces, all with an emphasis on the institution's ambitious carbon zero targets for 2048.
ISG is one of fourteen contractor partners appointed to the framework. This further expands the company’s extensive experience in low and net zero carbon projects, including in the Cambridge area. Notably, these include the first live decarbonisation initiatives for the Crown Estate, along with the pioneering project, the Entopia Building, for the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL).
The award-winning project entailed a deep office retrofit of a former 1930s Telephone Exchange into the new headquarters for CISL. The project sets an ambitious embodied carbon target of 300kg/CO2/m² over the building's assumed 100-year lifespan, encompassing carbon embodied in materials, refurbishment, repair, maintenance, and deconstruction.
The innovative space exemplifies the collaborative effort between ISG and CISL in finding sustainable economic solutions. Setting a global example for sustainable retrofitting, that addresses the heritage retrofit challenge.
Nick Oddy, ISG's Director, commented: “The University of Cambridge’s Estates Division is one of our most innovative and progressive clients. Their holistic vision for the future, which revolves around environmental, social, and governance values, demonstrates a commitment to promoting leadership and sustainable solutions for the economy.”
“We are immensely proud to have been selected to help bring this vision to life. Our role in creating spaces that unite academia and industry leaders, fostering a community dedicated to integrating sustainability into business leadership provides a legacy with significant implications for the future.”