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17 Jul 2012

Northwest Cambridge Extension Winners

Preferred architects announced for first phase of Cambridge University’s Northwest Cambridge Development

Cambridge University has today announced the team of preferred architects for a first phase of its proposed development at Northwest Cambridge. The architects were selected following an architectural competition and include established UK and international practices as well as local and smaller, new practices.

The University, in conjunction with its advisor Colander, ran the competition early this year to identify architects for the first phase of the project which, subject to planning consent and the approval of the University’s Regent House, should start on site in mid-2013.

Northwest Cambridge Design
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The University led development in this phase will comprise a number of building and landscape lots covering 141 hectares of land. The Lots contain a variety of residential units providing approximately 600 new homes for qualifying University staff, 300 units of post graduate accommodation, much of which will be let to colleges, a food store and other retail space, a primary school, a nursery, a range of other community facilities and landscaping.

Architects have still to be selected for two further lots of University residential accommodation, as well as for the primary school.

Roger Taylor, Project Director said:

“We were greatly 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. 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.”

The preferred architects for the initial phase are:

Lot 1: Wilkinson Eyre Architects (London) and Mole Architects (Cambridge)

Lot 2: David Chipperfield Architects (London)

Lot 3: Mecanoo (Netherlands)

Lot 4: Cottrell & Vermeulen Architecture, Sarah Wigglesworth Architects and AOC (London)

Lot 5: RH Partnership (Cambridge)

Lot 7: MUMA (London)

Lot A: AECOM (London)

Lot B: Townshend Landscape Architects (London)

The appointments are subject to agreement on final terms and conditions.

Gavin Heaphy, Construction Director said:

“All of our selected architects have shown complete commitment to the University’s vision for a high quality, sustainable development. By working closely together, we will design an outstanding scheme, in which all homes will be developed to Code Level 5. This commitment, combined with the diversity of the architects we have selected, will ensure that we will create a community of which all of Cambridge can be proud.”

Cambridge University’s Northwest Cambridge Development informatio from Mecanoo

Northwest Cambridge Development : current information


14 Mar 2012

Northwest Cambridge Extension Shortlist

Official Shortlist

Lot 1: Food store, energy centre and University apartments

Bjarke Ingels Group
Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands
Panter Hudspith Architects
Wilkinson Eyre Architects

Lot 2: shops, pub, University cafe, housing office and University apartments

David Chipperfield Architects
Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios with 5th Studio and Mole Architects
HKS Architects with Metaphorm
Hopkins Architects
Stanton Williams

Lot 3: University apartments

Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
John McAslan + Partners
Maccreanor Lavington with Witherford Watson Mann
Mecanoo Architecten
Sauerbruch Hutton with Fletcher Priest
White Arkitekter AB with Alison Brooks and S333

Lot 4: University apartments and family houses

C F Møller Architects UK
Cottrell Vermeulen Architecture with AOC and Sarah Wigglesworth Architects
Dixon Jones
Edward Cullinan Architects with Sustainable by Design
KCAP Architects & Planners

Lot 5: student housing

David Morley Architects
Eric Parry Architects
Page Park Architects
R H Partnership Architects
Richard Murphy Architects with NRAP and Richard MacCormac
Rick Mather Architects

Lot 7: community hall, health clinic and police office

Cowper Griffith Architects
Heneghan Peng
Ian Ritchie Architects
Marks Barfield Architects

Landscape contests:

Lot A: public realm and parklands

Grant Associates
Latz + Partner with J&L Gibbons
LDA Design Consulting LLP
Vogt Landscape

Lot B: market square and local centre public realm

Grontmij Ltd
Kinnear Landscape Architects
Robert Myers Associates
Townshend Landscape Architects
West 8

e-architect advertised the Northwest Cambridge Extension Competition from 13 Jan 2012.

Northwest Cambridge Extension Competition

The Northwest Cambridge Competition opened in February 2012 and in total 340 submissions were received from 158 different architects practices.

The Cambridge University Northwest Cambridge Development

Northwest Cambridge Extension
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The University’s site consists of 141 hectares of land between the Madingley Road and Huntingdon Road in Northwest Cambridge, part of which is within Cambridge City and part in South Cambridgeshire.

The Area Action Plan, adopted by the local planning authorities in October 2009, allows for a mixed use development on the site to provide for the University’s future requirements over the next 20 years.

The University has submitted an outline planning application for the whole site which includes 1500 homes for key university workers; 1500 homes for sale; accommodation for 2000 post graduates; 100,000 square meters of research facilities; and a community hub including a supermarket, shops, primary school, doctors’ surgery, old people’s home, community centre, hotel and police facilities. Up to a third of the site will be public open space for sports and informal recreation.

The University has consulted and engaged widely with local communities in developing the masterplan that comprises the planning application.

Should planning permission be granted in August 2012 the University’s Regent House will decide on the first phase of the development later in the year.

The value of the entire project is estimated to be in excess of £1 billion.

Northwest Cambridge Extension Competition Selection Panel

• Professor Jeremy Sanders, Pro-Vice Chancellor for Institutional Affairs, University of Cambridge
• Michael Bienias, Director of Estate Management, University of Cambridge
• Caroline Blackman-Edney, Head of Procurement, University of Cambridge
• Gavin Heaphy, Construction Director, University of Cambridge
• Dame Mavis McDonald, Deputy Chair of the Council of the University of Cambridge, Trustee of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Housing Trust
• Jonathan Rose, Principal, Design & Planning, AECOM
• Professor C. Alan Short, Professor of Architecture, University of Cambridge
• Peter Studdert, Director, Peter Studdert Planning
• Roger Taylor, Project Director, Northwest Cambridge Development, University of Cambridge

Colander was responsible for the planning and management of the architectural competition to find architects for the NW Cambridge development. Colander works across the built environment, helping developers and building owners to write development briefs, to select the right consultants for their building projects and to facilitate effective design team working.

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