The North West Cambridge Development has won the Award for Planning for Housing Growth for schemes of more than 1750 homes at the 2015 Planning Awards.  

Judges praised the scheme, saying “the University’s commitment to high levels of affordable housing, exemplary sustainability credentials and investment in community infrastructure make this a worthy winner.”

The award commends the project for clearly demonstrating the economic, social and environmental benefits from housing growth through the planning of the development as an urban extension.  The judging also praised entries that illustrated originality in development as well as considering other factors including: the potential for long-lasting impact; financial viability; and the involvement of, and benefit to, local people or community.

Heather Topel, Deputy Project Director of the North West Cambridge Development said: “The University’s ambition has always been to responsibly deliver housing as part a coherent scheme with community, environmental and sustainability benefits.  Not only will this development contribute significantly to the supply of homes in Cambridge, but it will also create a long-lasting extension to the city and with sustainability features that are unique to the UK.”


The University’s unique position in the local community affords a long-term perspective to placemaking at the North West Cambridge Development. By delivering key social infrastructure at the outset including the University-sponsored school (which opened in September 2015), a local centre with shops and a supermarket, community centre, sports pitches and parklands, the University seeks to establish a vibrant district where community spirit flourishes and is integrated into the wider community. As an exemplar of sustainability, the development pushes the boundaries on a development of this scale, and will be built site-wide to BREEAM Excellent and Code for Sustainable Homes Level 5.

In this category, the other finalists were: Northstowe by Terence O’Rourke; No Use Empty by Kent County Council; Limebrook Park by Commercial Estates Group; and North East of Leicester Sustainable Urban Extension by Commercial Estates Group.

The full list of categories and entries are online at: 

AECOM are the Planning Consultants for the University’s North West Cambridge Development.