• A showcase of Eddington, the University of Cambridge’s new district in the City takes place as part of Open Cambridge on Saturday 9 September 2017.
  • Over 25 different events will make up Open Eddington, exploring the ethos of architecture and sustainability which sit at the heart of the development.
  • Explore the full programme here.
  • Download your Open Eddington map here.


This year’s Open Cambridge weekend will showcase the University of Cambridge’s new district to the City, Eddington. Open Eddington will feature over 25 different events led by the renowned architects, professionals, and development partners who have all contributed to creating this new place.

Eddington is the heart of this new district, which has been known as the North West Cambridge Development, and is located between Madingley Road, Huntingdon Road and the M11. The opening of Eddington marks years of planning and construction with the first phase of the project now open to residents and the local and wider community.

Heather Topel, Project Director of the North West Cambridge Development said: “We are thrilled to present a whole day of activities and events for the public that illustrate the depth and breadth of our project ethos.  The University’s ambitions to create a sustainable community of exceptional design quality at Eddington have been explicit, and at Open Eddington, we are delighted that so many of our project architects, consultants and partners will share with you the detail of their involvement in this exemplar development. We hope many of our friends, neighbours and supporters will take the time to join us for this occasion.”


Innovative and unique infrastructure has been integrated across Eddington to help residents lead more sustainable lives. At Open Eddington, there will be a range of fascinating events that explain how these various features work.  Visitors can go behind the scenes of the energy centre, see the unique underground waste and recycling system in action, enjoy the virtual experience building site via Oculus Rift to explore renewable energy, learn about the rainwater harvesting scheme, or go on a walking tour with our project ecologist.  Any or all of these events will open your minds to how sustainability has been considered in place-making.

Architecture and Design

Eddington has been designed by some of the best local, national and international architectural practices. Talks and walking tours will be given by Jonathan Rose from AECOM who developed the award-winning masterplan, as well as the principals from the architects who have worked on the scheme including: Wilkinson Eyre, Mole, Stanton Williams, Mecanoo, R H Partnership, Marks Barfield, Alison Brooks and Pollard Thomas Edwards.

There will also be an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the Storey’s Field Centre by MUMA, which is under construction.


Families can enjoy a range of events including a Roman Street Party inspired by the archaeology of the site, workshops that inspire children to become Artscapers and co-create communities through Art, or generate the energy required to watch a short film at the pop-up Cycle Cinema.

Cycle tours and self-guided walking tours will also be available as part of Open Eddington.


The Universal Bus will be operating a free service on Saturday 9 September as part of Open Eddington. On Saturdays, the service runs from Cambridge Railway Station to Eddington via the city centre. For more information visit: http://www.go-whippet.co.uk/

Eddington is a ten-minute cycle journey from central Cambridge. There will be cycle tours available and downloadable maps for journey planning.

India Unboxed

Now celebrating its tenth year, Open Cambridge, co-ordinated by the University of Cambridge Public Engagement team, showcases a diverse range of hidden architectural gems and stunning spaces that are normally closed to the public or charge.

In addition to Open Cambridge’s usual array of events and the Open Eddington Programme, will be the India Unboxed series – which exams the close relationship India and Cambridge have had for more than 150 years. Rooted in the University of Cambridge Museums collections, the programme explores themes of identity and connectivity for audiences both from the UK and India.

Booking information

The Open Cambridge weekend takes place on 8-9 September, with Open Eddington on Saturday 9 September 2017. Details are available at: www.opencambridge.cam.ac.uk. Full listings are available on the brochure spread attached. All events listed as part of Open Eddington are free. Many walking tours require booking to manage the capacity. Bookings for tours and specific activities will be available through the Open Cambridge website and the bookings line is open from 14 August. Please book early to avoid disappointment.


Drop in events

The Underground Waste System at Eddington, 9am – 12noon

Archaeology at Eddington (Christopher Evans from Cambridge Archaeological Unit)
9am – 4pm

Eddington Roman Street Party 9am – 4pm

Cambridge Water Rainwater Harvesting Showcase 9am– 4pm

Community Events for the Storey’s Field Centre (at the School) 9am – 4:30pm

Renewable Technology in Construction by Wates 10am- 3pm

Cycle Cinema at Eddington 11am – 1pm

Self-Guided Tour of Eddington 9am – 5pm

foodPark at Eddington 12noon - 5pm


Pre-bookable tours

The First Homes at Eddington talk by contractor R G Carter with architects Witherford Watson Mann and Maccreanor Lavington

9am – 9:45am; 11am – 11:45am (Sold Out); 12pm – 12:45pm; 1pm – 1:45pm

Cambridge’s First Energy Centre and District Heating Network Tour by Ener-G with Vital Energi Sold out

Swirles Court, part of Girton College -Student Accommodation at Eddington – Tour by R H Partnership

9am – 10am; 11am – 12noon; 1pm – 2pm; 3pm – 4pm

Inspired Designs: Market Housing at Eddington Talk by Pollard Thomas Edwards and Alison Brooks Architects 9am-9:45am; 11am- 11-45am

Eddington Cycle Tours  9am – 12noon; 1pm – 5pm

Dr Bike at Eddington 9am – 12:30pm; 1pm – 5pm

Artscapers at Eddington 10am – 11am; 1:30pm – 2:30pm; 3pm–4pm

University of Cambridge Primary School tour by Marks Barfield Architects

10:30am- 12noon; 12:30pm – 2pm

Architectural mixed brief – talk and tour by Wilkinson Eyre 11am – 12noon

Creating an Urban Extension – tour by Jonathan Rose from AECOM

11am – 12:30pm (Sold Out); 1:30pm – 3pm (Sold Out); 3:30pm – 5pm

Courtyards and Communal Identity tour by Mecanoo 12pm – 1pm; 2pm – 3pm

Storey’s Field Centre and Nursery talk and tour by MUMA 12pm- 1:30pm; 1:30pm -3pm; 3pm – 4:30pm

Public Art Discussion chaired by Harriet Loffler with the Contemporary Art Society

12:30pm – 1:30pm

Who are Postdocs – Talk by Rob Wallach, Director of the Office of Post-Doctoral Affairs

12:30pm – 1pm; 2pm – 2:30pm; 3pm- 3:30pm

Ecology at Eddington, tour by Mike Dean, Project Ecologist

1pm – 2:15pm; 2:15pm – 3:15pm; 3:30PM – 4:45PM (Sold Out)

Talk and Walking Tour of the key worker homes by Stanton Williams Architects Sold out

An Alphabet Museum: The Carved Inscription at the Parish of Ascension Burial Ground

2pm – 2:45pm

Architectural walk by Mole Architects Sold out

Fata Morgana teahouse: An Afternoon Tea Party exploring the Public Art in the landscape Sold out