A short list of architects for the first phase of the University of Cambridge’s North West Cambridge Development has been announced. The competition opened in February this year and in total there were 358 submissions received from 158 different practices.

The University, in conjunction with Colander, ran the competition to identify architects for the first phase of the project which, subject to planning consent and the approval of the University’s Regent House, should begin work in 2013. The initial phase of the project will consist of nine building Lots with landscape as well as a variety of residential units, a food store and further retail spaces, a primary school and nursery and a range of community facilities. Market Lots will also be developed as part of phase 1 but they were not included in the architectural competition.


Interested architectural practices were asked to demonstrate:

Exceptional design talent

A commitment to innovative, sustainable design

A proven ability to deliver both creativity and the highest possible value to their clients

Satisfied clients for whom they have solved similar challenges

The skills needed to deliver a project of this nature.

Gavin Heaphy, Construction Director of the projects said:“We were delighted by the response and the calibre of the many submissions we received. Whilst it was a challenge to select the finalists, we are confident the shortlisted practices will bring a great deal to the process of identifying the final project team. We look forward to working with them over the coming months.”


The winners of the competition will be announced in two tranches in June and July, for full details and to see a full list of successful architects and the criteria used to short list, please visit Colander.co.uk/developers/nwcd/results.html


Please note that the competition has now closed and no new entries will be considered. All questions should be directed to Colander at www.colander.co.uk