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Estate Management


The Estate Management division at the University of Cambridge is a multi-disciplinary organisation responsible for the development, management and maintenance of the University estate, along with the provision of a variety of related services.

The non-residential estate is currently valued at £2.7 billion (Insurance Replacement Cost) and its broad and complex nature presents many demanding challenges, for example some buildings are 800 years old, Grade I Listed and protected by English Heritage, whilst others are new with highly sustainable building fabrics and buildings management systems.

The capital building programme is currently estimated at £4 billion and provides a rich mix of activities that utilise best practice ‘risk-averse’ methods of planning, design, development and construction.

Principally we are responsible for:

  • Planning and managing the University's estate development programme.

  • Project managing new build construction and the refurbishment/alteration of existing stock.

  • Managing the operational and non-operational estate including residential accommodation.

  • Maintaining the University's teaching, research and administrative buildings.

  • Delivering a comprehensive security and facilities management service to the University.

  • Managing catering outlets across the estate.

  • Managing the operational and research facilities at the University Farm.

  • Promoting the University's environmental sustainability initiative, particularly with regard to reducing carbon emissions.


The following articles recount the history and development of the Estate Management division: