The University of Cambridge has appointed Stanton Williams as one of the architects for the first phase of the £1bn North West Cambridge development.
Stanton Williams will work on the architectural designs in Lot 2 of North West Cambridge situated within the local centre of the development, which includes a mixture of university housing alongside shops and amenities.
The first phase of the development, which is expected to cost £281m, will feature 530 homes for university staff, 450 homes for sale, 300 residences for students and a centre with community facilities.
Phase one, which will cover 63ha, also includes landscaped green space spanning more than a third of the overall site.
Stanton Williams project director Gavin Henderson said, "We look forward to working with the university and our peers to contribute to this new urban quarter for the city and its community of residents."
The 150ha site of university-owned farmland in the north-west of the city was granted outline planning permission in August 2012 to be developed as a mixed-use project.
Masterplanned by the US-based firm Aecom, the project will be designed jointly by David Chipperfield, Alison Brooks, Witherford Watson Mann, Wilkinson Eyre, Mecanoo, Cottrell & Vermeulen, Muma, Mole, Sarah Wigglesworth, AOC and the RH Partnership.
The university, which is working with 15 architectural firms to create an urban extension to Cambridge, will submit a series of reserved matters applications to the local authorities.
Works on infrastructure is due to start in 2013 and phase one completions are planned from late 2015 to 2016.
After completion, the entire development will feature 2,000 student bedrooms and one million ft² of academic, research and commercial space.
The development will also feature 35ha of open space, sports pitches and play areas for children.
Image: The first phase of the North West Cambridge project will include 600 new homes and 300 units of postgraduate accommodation. Photo: Courtesy of University of Cambridge.