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Chippo, MUMA and Mecanoo among Cambridge urban extension victors

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David Chipperfield Architects, Mecanoo, MUMA and Wilkinson Eyre with Mole Architects have been chosen from a raft of big names to design a new urban extension in north-west Cambridge.

RH Partnership, AECOM, Townshend Landscape Architects and a collaboration between Cottrell & Vermeulen Architecture, Sarah Wigglesworth Architects and AOC have also won projects within the first phase of the Cambridge University-backed scheme.

The university and advisor Colander launched the competition early this year to find architects (see below) for eight lots within the proposed140ha mixed academic and residential community which, subject to planning consent and the approval of the University’s Regent House, should start on site in mid-2013. 

The lots feature a range of works including 600 new homes for qualifying University staff, 300 units of post-graduate accommodation, a food store and other shops, a primary school, a nursery, a mix of other community facilities and landscaping.

Architects have still to be selected for two further lots of University residential accommodation and 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 theyhave 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:

  • Lot 1 Food store, energy centre and University apartments: Wilkinson Eyre Architects, London with Mole Architects, Cambridge
  • Lot 2 Shops, pub, University cafe, housing office and University apartments: David Chipperfield Architects, 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 Sstudent housing: RH Partnership, Cambridge
  • Lot 7 Community hall, health clinic and police office: MUMA, London
  • 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 14.03.2012)

Big names shortlisted to design Cambridge urban extension

An impressive collection of leading UK and European practices has been shortlisted in the competition to design a new urban extension in north-west Cambridge

Among the stars lined up for a series of plots within the proposed 140ha mixed academic and residential community are a string of Stirling Prize-winners, including David Chipperfield Architects, Wilkinson Eyre and Maccreanor Lavington, as well as international big hitters such as Bjarke Ingels Group, Mecanoo Architecten and Sauerbruch Hutton.

Backed by the University of Cambridge, which has already submitted an AECOM-designed masterplan for the site, the contest attracted 340 submissions from 158 different practices.

Architectural firms bid for six different lots within the wider plan, featuring projects ranging from apartments to pubs (see competition brief attached). An additional site earmarked for a school - lot 6 - was removed from the competition but, according to insiders, ‘will be resurrected at a later date’.

Shortlists for two separate landscape contests have also been unveiled, with practices such as West 8, Latz + Partner and Vogt Landscape vying to design parklands and a market square.

A spokesman for competition organiser Colander said: ‘The breadth and depth of the submissions received was extraordinarily high and the appointments panel was faced with a cornucopia of talent, different approaches, ideas and collaborations to discuss.

‘The final selection was difficult to make, as so many excellent submissions had to fall by the wayside.’

Winners are being chosen in two tranches with the first three lots announced towards the end of June and the remainder at the end of July.

Lot 1 - Food store, energy centre and University apartments
• Bjarke Ingels Group
• Grimshaw
• 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
• dRMM
• 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
• Architype
• Cowper Griffith Architects
• Heneghan Peng
• Ian Ritchie Architects
• Marks Barfield Architects

Landscape contests:

Lot A - public realm and parklands
• Aecom
• 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

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