Ipswich/ Cambridge: Barnes Construction wins projects worth �8m

IPSWICH-based Barnes Construction has celebrated the completion of one of its latest projects in Cambridge, where it has been carrying out contracts worth more than �8million.

Barnes invited fellow members of the Cambridge Forum for the Construction Industry to visit Leckhampton House, a project commissioned by Corpus Christi College to provide new accommodation for fellows, including communal kitchens and roof-top terraces.

The project was procured under a two-stage design and construct route which enabled Barnes to work closely with the client and professional team throughout the pre-construction and construction periods, culminating in the project being completed on budget and ahead of programme to the complete satisfaction of the college.

Nick Fayers, managing director of Barnes Construction, said: “We are extremely proud to be awarded several interesting contracts in Cambridge. Being involved in such high-profile projects is brilliant for the company and really rewarding for the teams working directly on the buildings”.

A second Barnes project at Leckhampton, the refurbishment of the modernist concrete framed George Thomson Building, is due for completion in March 2013.

The original building was constructed in 1964 and is Grade-II listed. It houses 24 research students and four research fellows. The scope of works for Barnes, valued at just short of �1m, includes replacement of the existing steel windows, heating installation improvements, full refurbishment of the kitchen and bathroom areas, replacement of floor finishes and redecoration.

A new Interpretive Centre at the American Cemetery near Cambridge is another high profile project in the county being successfully managed by Barnes.

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This project, valued at approximately �2.9m, involves the construction of a new visitors’ centre which will house a new exhibition installed by the American Battle Monuments Commission. High quality stonework, slate and other material finishes are being used to match the existing buildings located at the American Cemetery.

The project also includes a new visitors’ facilities building and alterations to the existing visitors building. The scope of works, which is due for completion in October 2013, includes the formation of new car parking areas and an extensive landscaping scheme.

Barnes is also working at Clare College on new graduate accommodation comprising both new build accommodation and conversion of the existing terraced housing fronting Newnham Road.

Barnes will be responsible for the construction of 18 new student rooms together with shared communal facilities on the site of the former garage blocks and gardens and the existing terrace type housing fronting Newnham Road is being converted into 12 studio flats together a ground floor level small retail unit and laundry facility .

This project, valued at approximately �4.4million is due for completion during September 2013.