Planned University expansion wins architecture award

Colm Murphy 2 October 2014

An ambitious "masterplan" for the expansion of Cambridge University has won an award at the World Architechture Festival in Singapore.

The North West Cambridge Development, granted planning permission in February 2013, has won the ‘Future Projects – Masterplanning’ award.

At £1 billion, the capital investment in the north west of the city is the biggest in the University’s 800-year history.

Academic and research facilities, 3,000 homes and 2,000 aditional bedrooms, as well as green spaces, will be combined on the 150-hectare site. Currently, there are no plans to include a new college.

On the development’s website, Project Director Roger Taylor wrote: "We are thrilled that the AECOM masterplan has been recognised at the World Architectural Festival."

"The masterplan reflects the character and qualities of Cambridge that we anticipate will see the development, the University, and Cambridge into its next chapter."

Justifying the project on the website, Vice Chancellor Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz argued that the University needs "to ensure that we plan ahead to provide facilities that are vital both to attracting and retaining world class staff and researchers".

"Our site at North West Cambridge will allow us to do this. It will provide for much of the research accommodation and many of the homes for staff.

Currently, phased completions are expected from 2015 onwards, with full completion of the project anticipated in 2030.