Capturing new £58m laboratory at Cambridge Biomedical Campus for Kier

FOR almost two years we provided time-lapse capture of the new Project Capella building at the University of Cambridge, for the UK’s second biggest contractor.

Working with Kier, we provided a fully managed, long-term time-lapse solution for the project – the second largest they have ever undertaken at the university.

Throughout the duration of this major, 17,000 sq ft development – beginning in October 2015 and completing in August 2017 – we captured over 40,000 images using our bespoke camera system overlooking site.

As well as micro-managing the capture to match conditions on site, we provided Kier with the ability to monitor project progress from anywhere in the world, via our dedicated online viewing platform.

And once works were complete, our editing team skillfully arranged the images into the following time-lapse video:

We also carried out more traditional film & video capture on site, for further use by Kier and their subcontractors.

Project Capella is now home to the Cambridge Stem Cell Institute (CSCI), the Milner Therapeutics Institute (MIT) and Cambridge Institute of Therapeutic Immunology and Infectious Diseases (CITIID).

Part of their £2bn+ masterplan, this new facility is but one of the University of Cambridge projects we have been involved with, having also captured the construction of another of the university’s science buildings – the new Chemistry of Health Centre – at the same time.

At the time of installation, Project Capella marked the 10th construction site on which we had worked for Kier. Other projects we have captured previously include:

  • A multi-camera system set-up at RAF Lyneham, capturing modular construction of military accommodation for over 1,100 trainees
  • Rail improvements at the Moorgate Station Crossrail site
  • Installation of sewage treatment tanks in Lostock, Bolton
  • Several other educational builds elsewhere in the south of England, including a new Cambridgeshire primary school and a three-storey teaching block at Whitefriars School in Harrow

With even more projects now underway with Kier, we look forward to continuing our partnership with one of the UK’s most recognisable contractors.

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