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Ground broken on £1bn Cambridge development

21 Jun 13 Construction of the first phase of the £1bn North West Cambridge mixed-use development has officially begun.

Representatives from the University and Colleges of Cambridge, local authorities, community members, and project architects and consultants gathered yesterday (20 June) to witness the university chancellor Lord Sainsbury of Turville and vice-chancellor Prof Sir Leszek Borysiewicz turn the first sods.

The 150-hectare scheme includes 3,000 homes, 2,000 bedspaces for post-graduate students, 100,000 sqm of research facilities and a local centre with public amenities. 

Phase one of the development is estimated to cost £280m, with completion from late 2015.

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The focus of the first phase of the development is on the local centre and residential provision, which includes 530 homes for qualifying university and college staff, 400 homes for sale through residential developers, accommodation for 300 post-graduate students, and public amenities including a supermarket, retail units, a primary school, nursery, doctors’ surgery, hotel and police touchdown office, as well as open green space for formal and informal recreation. 

Project director Roger Taylor said "This development provides a tremendous opportunity for the university to work with the local authorities to create an urban extension that befits the city of Cambridge. Plans for phase one look to provide a new high-quality built environment that reflects the existing qualities of the city, through the university working with 12 architectural practices of renown.  The commitment from the team is to create an urban environment that will be an exemplar of sustainable living, and one of which the University and wider community can be proud."

North West Cambridge project team

  • Client: University of Cambridge
  • Project management: Turner &Townsend
  • Planning and masterplanning: Aecom
  • Cost management: Gardiner and Theobald
  • Engineering consultant: URS
  • Transport consultant: Peter Brett Associates
  • Sustainability consultant: Aecom SDG
  • Legal consultant: Berwin Leighton Paisner
  • CDM consultant: Faithful and Gould
  • Public art consultant: Contemporary Art Society and Insite Arts
  • Architects: Wilkinson Eyre, Mole Architects, David Chipperfield, Mecanoo, Cottrell & Vermeulen, Sarah Wigglesworth, The AOC, RH Partnership, MUMA, Maccreanor Lavington Architects, Witherford Watson Mann, Alison Brooks, Aecom and Townshends.

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