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Masterplan contest for Cambridge Biomedical Campus begins

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The University of Cambridge has launched a competition to masterplan a new extension to its 28 hectare biomedical campus

Organised by Colander Associates – the contest seeks proposals to expand the prestigious district which currently hosts around 12,000 healthcare professionals and research scientists.

The winning architect-led team will masterplan several key sites near the campus’ main entrance on Hills Road to deliver a new school of clinical medicine.

A new institute of public health and neurosciences hub may also be delivered as part of the project alongside other supporting teaching, research and administration facilities.

According to the brief: ‘The university requires an investigation into options for the redevelopment of its key sites around the front of the biomedical campus.

‘This requires an investigation of the overall development capacity of the sites, constraints and local sensitivities as well as the opportunities.

‘It is anticipated this exercise will build on development guidelines outlined in the 2010 strategic masterplan and will establish parameters for future development.’

Located around four kilometres south of Cambridge city centre – the campus opened in 1962 when Addenbrooke’s Hospital and the Medical Research Council (MRC) Laboratory of Molecular Biology relocated to the Hills Road Site.

Other leading institutes now occupying the site include the Rosie Hospital, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Mental Health Trust and the university’s school of clinical medicine.

Since 1999 the university’s ‘2020 Vision’ – supported by Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the MRC – has encouraged further expansion and commercial development on the site.

Allies and Morrison and Devereux Architects also completed a strategic masterplan for the entire campus six years ago.

RMJM completed a new £212 million home for the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology (pictured) on the site three years ago. Swiss star Herzog & de Meuron is also working on a new £330million headquarters for pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca nearby which is due to complete next year.

Proposals for the latest facilities must deliver a ‘high-quality’, BREEAM excellent-minimum environment for researchers, students, patients and visitors while also improving public realm and other amenities.

The masterplan should furthermore consider access and circulation while boosting connectivity across the campus and creating new links between the university and its clinical and commercial neighbours.

Applicants must first submit an expression of interest and short prequalification questionnaire. Five shortlisted teams – due to be selected by 19 August – will then be invited to submit tenders and attend interviews in the fall.

The deadline for submitting questions is 8 July and applications must be received by 12pm on 5 August.

How to apply

View the contract notice for more information

Contact details

Louise Harrison
Hill House
Fox Hill
London
SE19 2XA

Tel: 020 8771 6445
Email: louise@colander.co.uk

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