The Need for Development

The University of Cambridge is one of the world’s leading universities. It is renowned for the excellence of its teaching and research, and it makes a significant contribution to the prosperity of the city of Cambridge and UK economy. To maintain its reputation as a world leader, the University must continue to develop and grow. In particular the University needs to address the issues of :

The lack of affordable accommodation for its staff and post-graduate students

It is anticipated that student numbers will increase by around 5,000 over the next 25 years and staff numbers will increase by approximately 3,000 people. With high house prices and high rents in Cambridge, we need to provide new affordable accommodation for postgraduates and staff. It may be that further private housing could be made available for sale to relieve the general housing shortage in Cambridge.

The need to foster research and development

In recent years, business and academic interests have become more closely linked, with universities and companies working together on research projects. These links are at the heart of the ‘Cambridge Phenomenon’ – the clustering of high technology companies in the region, and are critical to the success of the UK economy. The University needs to take full advantage of these links, but without the physical expansion of the University, future opportunities may be lost to Cambridge and existing companies may move elsewhere.

The Masterplan

The local authorities involved resolved to grant planning permission in August 2012 and planning consent was formalised in February 2013 with the signing of the section 106 agreement. The size of the development allows for a sense of place to be created and this mixed-use development for the North West Cambridge site includes:

  • 1,500 homes for University and College staff

  • 1,500 private houses for sale

  • Accommodation for 2,000 postgraduates

  • 100,000 sqm of academic and research and development space of which up to 40% may be private research with University connection or Research Institutes

  • Community facilities such as a primary school, community centre, health centre, supermarket and local shops

  • A hotel

  • Care home

  • Sustainable transport provision including cycle ways

  • Sports Centre and playing fields

  • Public Open space