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North West Cambridge Development, Cambridge, United Kingdom

Thursday 27 Mar 2014

Step forward for £1bn university project

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Go-ahead given for North West Cambridge Developments, including schemes by MUMA, Mole Architects, Wilkinson Eyre & Mecanoo 

Planning permission has been granted to a number of projects within the £1bn North West Cambridge Development, a 150-hectare scheme headed by the University of Cambridge, UK. This is the largest single capital development project for the University in its 800-year-long history and the scheme received outline planning permission in February 2013.

Phase I architects include: Wilkinson Eyre Architects; Mole Architects; Stanton Williams Architects; Mecanoo; Cottrell & Vermeulen Architecture; Sarah Wigglesworth Architecture; The AOC; RH Partnership; Marks Barfield Architects; MUMA; Maccreanor Lavington Architects; Witherford Watson Mann Architects; Alison Brooks Architects; AECOM Landscape; BBUK Landscape Architects; and Townshends.

A joint project between Mole Architects and Wilkinson Eyre has now received planning approval within the North West Cambridge Development. The scheme includes the construction of 117 key worker housing units alongside a healthcare centre, a police station, an energy centre and various retail amenities. The residential units will centre on a market square, devised by Townshends and BBUK Landscape Architects.

Sustainable practices play a major role in the design, with the healthcare centre and a food store due to reach BREEAM Excellent standard and the residential units designed to meet Code for Sustainable Homes level 5. These properties will be fitted with photovoltaic solar power, greywater harvesting, and employ natural daylight and cross ventilation.

A series of key worker homes designed by Mecanoo have also received planning, with the Dutch team blending characteristics from their native country with the classic Cambridge aesthetic. The resulting complex comprises formal and informal groupings of buildings with interior courtyards, animated through the integration of lawns, flower fields and raised decks.

MUMA’s Community Centre has also been given the go-ahead as part of the wider development. The single-storey building, with its main hall and two multi-purpose rooms, is enriched by vast quantities of natural light and ventilation. Plans also incorporate photovoltaic panels to boost the project's sustainability credentials.

Roger Taylor, Project Director of the North West Cambridge Development said: “Both the MUMA and Mecanoo designs contribute to the overarching architectural principles and vision of this urban extension to Cambridge.  The integration of buildings with landscape in these aspects all contribute towards the goal of creating a vibrant place for future residents.”   

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