Allies and Morrison has won an international contest to masterplan a new extension to the University of Cambridge’s 28 hectare biomedical campus
The London practice defeated a raft of unnamed rival teams to win the prestigious commission which will pave the way for new neuroscience and life sciences facilities on the landmark site.
Organised by Colander Associates and launched last summer, the contest sought proposals to expand the biomedical campus, which currently accommodates about 12,000 healthcare professionals and research scientists.
According to a statement by the practice: ‘The new effort will establish a framework within which the university can develop more accommodation for teaching, research and clinical facilities in the life sciences, which will include a major hub for neuroscience.
‘New development is either planned or in construction phase on the campus, and the masterplan will provide a spatial blueprint for how all the new and future pieces will work together; of particular interest will be how to better link the campus to the rest of Cambridge.’
In August, the University of Cambridge slashed the contest’s minimum turnover requirement from £5 million to £3.5 million following pressure from Project Compass and the RIBA.
The winning architect-led team will masterplan several key sites near the campus’s 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.
Located 4km 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 completed a strategic masterplan for the entire campus seven years ago.
RMJM completed a new £212 million home for the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology on the site three years ago and Herzog & de Meuron is working on a new £330million headquarters for pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca nearby, which is due to complete this year.