Cambridge University selects preferred architects for North West development

18 July 2012 (Last Updated July 18th, 2012 18:30)

Cambridge University in the UK has selected a team of preferred architects, including David Chipperfield and Mecanoo, for the first phase of its proposed development at North West Cambridge.

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Cambridge University in the UK has selected a team of preferred architects, including David Chipperfield and Mecanoo, for the first phase of its proposed development at North West Cambridge.

The team also includes Wilkinson Eyre, Mole Architects, Cottrell & Vermeulen Architecture, Sarah Wigglesworth Architects and AOC, RH Partnership, MUMA, AECOM and Townshend Landscape Architects.

The university, in association with its advisor Colander, conducted the architectural competition to select the preferred architects.

Project director Roger Taylor said the university is impressed by the calibre of the many submissions received.

"It was therefore a real challenge to identify the preferred practices, a process in which we were greatly assisted by our diverse and expert selection panel," Taylor said. "We are confident that they have helped us to identify a strong and highly talented design team that will work well together in meeting the University’s aspirations for a sustainable development of high design quality."

Construction director Gavin Heaphy said, "By working closely together, we will design an outstanding scheme, in which all homes will be developed to code level five."

The first phase of the project, subject to planning consent and the approval of the university’s Regent House, is expected to start in mid-2013.

Covering 141 hectares of land, the first phase will comprise a variety of residential units providing approximately 600 new homes for qualifying university staff and 300 units of postgraduate accommodation.

It will also include a food store and other retail space, a primary school and a nursery, in addition to a range of other community facilities and landscaping.

The university is yet to select architects for two further lots of its residential accommodation and for the primary school.


Image: The first phase of the North West Cambridge project will include 600 new homes and 300 units of postgraduate accommodation. Photo: University of Cambridge.