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Addenbrooke's Hospital Masterplan, Cambridge, United Kingdom

Friday 30 Apr 2010

All part of the plan

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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 context. 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 amenity.

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.

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