University of Cambridge Cavendish III Laboratories


Sector: Higher Education

Client: University of Cambridge (initially Currie & Brown)

Design team (up to the end of RIBA Stage 3): Jestico + Whiles, CH2M (now Jacobs), Hoare Lea, Ramboll, Plincke, Tricon and Studio Fractal

Main contractor: Bouygues

Role: Information Definition and Information Management (including CDE management)

Project value: Approximately £200million

Involvement: RIBA Stages 2-3 (Information Consultant for RIBA Stage 4)

Primary authoring tools: AutoCAD Civil 3D and Autodesk Revit

BBD tools: Solibri Model Checker



Bond Bryan Digital were employed to develop existing information requirements for the University of Cambridge. These evolved so that the data requirements were more detailed, splitting out the Asset Information Requirements (AIR) from the existing Employer’s Information Requirements (EIR) and building the data more around open standards. This enabled the development of robust and extensive model-checking rules that aligned with the requirements documentation.


Working with the design team, both projects were subjected to rigorous model checking at both RIBA Stage 2 (Concept Design) and RIBA Stage 3 (Developed Design) to ensure compliance with the detailed information requirements. Outputs at the end of each stage included formal reports, federated models, COBie and Quality Control Reports demonstrating the compliance of the data produced for the COBie file.


Bond Bryan Digital also assisted the University with the setup of their selected Common Data Environment (CDE), which is Asite, to align with current industry standards. Bond Bryan Digital have subsequently been responsible for managing the project information on the selected CDE.


Bond Bryan are now commissioned as Information Consultants for RIBA Stage 4 to review the contractor team progress and ensure continuity of delivery.


All images courtesy of Jestico + Whiles

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