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RH Partnership receives planning permission for University of Cambridge student accommodation at the North West Cambridge Development

Cambridge firm RH Partnership’s design proposals for student accommodation buildings for up to 325 postgraduates have been approved by the local planning authorities. The buildings, inspired by the traditional collegiate architecture in Cambridge, include accommodation within three open-sided courts of individual character and a series of three to five-storey buildings that will define the strong street frontages.

"These are the first buildings in Phase One that have received planning approval and they reflect the characteristics of the masterplan, which is to create a new, cohesive urban extension to Cambridge,” said Roger Taylor, project director of the North West Cambridge Development.

“The traditional sequence and hierarchy of spaces within existing collegiate sites in Cambridge was the inspiration for the series of courts and landscaped garden spaces within our proposals, which creates clusters of post-graduate rooms forming varying sizes of houses. The proposal uses a simple palette of materials which draws on the underlying grain and character of Cambridge architecture,” added Andrew Drummond, project associate at RH Partnership.

The North West Cambridge Development is the most significant capital project that the University of Cambridge has undertaken in its 800-year history. The masterplan, which received outline planning permission last February, includes 3,000 homes, 2,000 student spaces, 100,000 sqm of research space, a local centre and community facilities including a primary school, nursery, doctors’ surgery, supermarket and retail units, as well as all of the site-infrastructure and landscaping for the scheme.

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