Countryside Properties, Liberty Property Trust and Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have secured planning consent for the development of 70 acres of land adjacent to the existing Addenbrooke's Hospital on the Southern fringe of Cambridge.
The scheme will include some 2.3 million sq ft of new biomedical research, higher education and clinical treatment space to accommodate the expansion of the existing Addenbrooke's Hospital. Serving the site there will also be a new learning centre, conference and hotel facilities, as well as additional retail and restaurant accommodation.
The Campus is already one of the leading centres for medical and biomedical research and development in Europe as well as an academic clinical centre of international stature. The UK is already the largest bio-tech market in Europe raising more money than any other European country for research in this field, and Cambridge is the centre of the biomedical industry in the UK.
The UK Government has selected the Campus as one of only five 'Comprehensive Biomedical Research Centres' in the UK. This has secured significant ongoing investment and highlights the project as a driving force in the delivery of ambitious healthcare targets.
The Cambridge Biomedical Campus will incorporate existing facilities, building upon the nine major research institutes already on the site which include:
Cancer Research UK Centre
The Wolfson Brain Imaging Centre
The Cambridge Institute for Medical Research
The Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Facility
The University of Cambridge's School of Clinical Medicine
A new 27,000 sq m Laboratory of Molecular Biology, designed by RMJM Architects for the Medical Research Council, which is being constructed as the first phase of the Countryside/Liberty development.
The world renowned Papworth Hospital has also announced its intention to relocate to the site. This will enable better integration of clinical services with Addenbrooke's and greater investment in research in these fields.
Countryside Properties also has outline planning consent for a major new housing scheme at Clay Farm, which, together with other proposed housing schemes in the Southern Fringe, will provide up to 4,000 new homes.
Cambridgeshire County Council is constructing a new road providing access into the site from the Hauxton Road and Junction 11 of the M11 Motorway. The new Cambridge Guided Bus route will also serve the site providing fast, frequent services to the City Centre (12 minutes) and railway station (4 minutes).
The new road is due to complete in 2010 and it is envisaged that the first new research and development buildings on the Campus will be completed in 2012.
Information correct as at 23/09/2010