Cambridge hospital redevelopment looks to consolidate facilities into a benchmark healthcare campus
The CUHSM is the framework for a £3 billion investment, over a 30 year timeframe at the heart of the Cambridge Biomedical
Campus. Located on a 72ha site, to the south of Cambridge city centre, the Addenbrooke’s and Rosie Hospitals are being
regenerated to develop a world class campus. This will be an exemplar integrating research, education and clinical facilities and will
in addition include residential, commercial and leisure.
Sustainability will be at the heart of the Masterplan, which brings a refreshing degree of urbanism to the Campus, creating a
memorable place with a strong identity based on its high quality architecture and public spaces, its historic setting and the landscape
With the equivalent population of a small town (upwards of 18,000 people) the Campus has a structure comparable in character to
an ‘urban village’, with streets, squares, gardens and courtyards, (symbolising the unique academic nature of Cambridge with its
world renowned university courtyards) being an integral part of the layout. These enable people to relax, meet and interact and
share the common facilities, including cafes and restaurants that encourage further informal, social interaction.
The Campus’ complex nature has resulted in the development of a robust site layout that promotes intuitive wayfinding, focussing
on a legible and connected public realm that is integral to creating a tangible sense of place at a human scale. A series of
pedestrian focussed streets promote an active public realm central to the Campus character. High quality spaces help to relive
anxiety and stress on arrival and have been shown to have a positive effect on healing and recovery rates.
A focus on connecting the campus to the local neighbourhood, offers the opportunity for the community to use the campus as a local
In November 2008 Addenbrooke’s appointed a design team lead by Devereux Architects with Allies & Morrison, and including WSP,
Cyril Sweett and AECOM, to prepare the CUHSM. Delivered in August 2009, final sign-off, following consultation with the Local
Planning Authority, was agreed in January 2010.