Cambridge University seeks developers for £1bn residential scheme in UK
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Cambridge University seeks developers for £1bn residential scheme in UK

09 May 2013

The University of Cambridge in the UK is seeking market housing developers for its £1bn mixed-use North West Cambridge scheme.

North West Cambridge

The University of Cambridge in the UK is seeking market housing developers for its £1bn mixed-use North West Cambridge scheme.

The masterplan for the 150ha development will feature 3,000 homes, 2,000 student beds, a local centre with a supermarket and retail units, and one million ft² of academic, research and commercial space.

Plans also include a primary school, nursery, a community centre, doctors surgery, hotel and senior living, as well as substantial landscaping and open space for recreation and leisure.

North West Cambridge development project director Roger Taylor said the university secured planning consent for the scheme in February 2013, which includes the Section 106 agreement.

"The university’s commitment to community-building allows development partners to focus on house-building for the next generation – delivering exceptional quality in design and pushing the boundaries of sustainability," Taylor said.

The first phase of the development features four lots for developers to present proposals for a mix of apartments and houses ranging from 65 units to up to 400.

Phase one, which is expected to cost £281m, will also include landscaping spanning more than a third of the overall site and green space.

Infrastructure works are expected to start in 2013 and complete in late 2015-2016.

University’s Estate will manage the majority of the public realm and tree planting, and other measures are also planned to improve the local biodiversity and ecology of the site.

The development is expected to achieve the Code for Sustainable Homes Level 5 for residential buildings and BREEAM Excellent rating for all other buildings.

The 150ha site of university-owned farmland in the north-west of the city was granted outline planning permission to be developed as a mixed-use project in August 2012.


Image: The North West Cambridge development will be carried out on the 150ha site of university-owned farmland in the north-west of the city. Photo: Courtesy of the University of Cambridge.