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Mole and Wilkinson Eyre wins planning for Cambridge extension

Wilkinson Eyre and Mole Architects’ first phase of the huge £1 billion North West Cambridge extension project has won planning

The two practices have drawn up plans for the development’s local centre including university apartments, a food store, doctors’ surgery, and an energy centre.

The buildings sit around a market square which has been designed by landscape architects Townshend.

Aecom’s landscaping plan for the development’s western edge also received the go-ahead. The scheme will see land adjacent to the M11 landscaped with planting, swales and lagoons.

Roger Taylor, project director of the North West Cambridge Development said: ‘The local centre and landscaping proposals reflect the quality of the kind of place that we will create.  Both aspects capture slices of city and park life in Cambridge and promote the urban extension that we have always envisaged the development to be.  The Western Edge and local centre create natural meeting places where people can come together.  The University’s commitment to these facilities will establish the foundations for a new part of the City of which Cambridge can be proud.’

The schemes by Wilkinson Eyre and Mole form part of the massive 140 hectare project which includes 3,000 homes, 100,000m ² of research space, a local centre and community facilities including a primary school, nursery, doctors’ surgery, supermarket and retail units.

Stanton Williams, Mecanoo, Alison Brooks and Witherford Watson Mann are among the fifteen architects working on the massive expansion project.

Work on the development’s infrastructure will begin in 2014, with completion due in 2016.

Previous story (AJ 21.10.13)

Stanton Williams replaces Chipperfield on Cambridge urban extension

Stanton Williams has been brought in by the University of Cambridge to replace David Chipperfield Architects on a key part of its £1 billion North West Cambridge project

The practice had been among those originally shortlisted for the so-called lot two scheme, alongside the likes of Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios and Hopkins Architects before Chipperfield landed the project last July (see AJ 18.07.2012).

Part of wider plans for a 140ha mixed academic and residential community north west of the university city, lot two includes student accommodation, shops, a café and a pub.

Roger Taylor, project director of North West Cambridge said: ‘Stanton Williams has an impressive track record for delivering high quality, innovative architectural design.  As a practice they have a superb approach for creating architecture from the inside-out; placing the user at the heart of their design. We look forward to working with the team to create architecture that both the University and the city can be proud of.”

The university is working with 15 architectural practices on the urban extension and will be submitting a series of reserved matters applications to the local authorities over the next few years.

Infrastructure work is set to start later this year with the first buildings completing in late 2015.

First phase architects:

  • Lot 1 Food store, energy centre and University apartments: Wilkinson Eyre Architects, London with Mole Architects, Cambridge
  • Lot 2 Shops, pub, University café, housing office and University apartments: Stanton Williams, London
  • Lot 3 University apartments: Mecanoo, Delft
  • Lot 4 University apartments and family houses: Cottrell & Vermeulen Architecture, Sarah Wigglesworth Architects and AOC, London
  • Lot 5 Student housing: RH Partnership, Cambridge
  • Lot 7 Community hall, health clinic and police office: MUMA, London
  • Lot 8: University housing: Maccreanor Lavington and Witherford Watson Mann
  • Lot 9: University market housing: Alison Brooks Architects
  • Lot A (landscape) public realm and parklands: AECOM, London
  • Lot B (landscape) market square and local centre public realm: Townshend Landscape Architects, London

Previous story (AJ 13.09.13)

Chippo out, as new search begins for Cambridge urban extension architect

The University of Cambridge has confirmed it is looking for another architect to take on work on part of the £1 billion North West Cambridge project.

The university said it was exploring using a different architect for Lot 2 of the first phase of the scheme, to replace David Chipperfield Architects which will no longer be working on it.

A spokesperson for the North West Cambridge development team said the university was taking a “different approach” to that part of the scheme.

The urban extension developments will create a 140ha mixed academic and residential community in North West Cambridge, and includes six main lots plus two landscaping lots.

Lot 2 includes shops, a pub, a University cafe, a housing office and university apartments.

Other practices originally shortlisted for Lot 2 include Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios with 5th Studio and Mole Architects, HKS Architects with Metaphorm, Hopkins Architects and Stanton Williams.

David Chipperfield Architects was unavailable for comment.

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