University of Cambridge: North West Cambridge Masterplan

Cambridge, UK

WilkinsonEyre has been working on the first phase of a new development for North West Cambridge, having also been a part of the masterplanning team. The overall development comprises 3,000 dwellings, 2,000 student bed spaces and 100,000m² of commercial space, as part of a 150-hectare expansion of the University.

Lot 1 plays a central role within the overall development; a large supermarket, leased by Sainsbury's, creates an anchor for the diverse mix of uses throughout the area. The lightweight, canopy structure enhances and complements an open air marketplace at the heart of the development and creates a dynamic, vibrant space. A central CHP energy centre which serves the entire development is devised as a distinctive element which references the tradition of Cambridge chimneys, as well as giving a strong identity to the scheme.

All residential units were designed to the former Code for Sustainable Homes Level 5. 117 one and two-bedroom apartments are configured within three five-storey blocks. Shared amenity space is provided by roof terraces and an internal courtyard. Most units are dual-aspect, with good day lighting, cross and natural ventilation. Single-aspect duplex units with ‘walk-ups’ to three storeys have been developed for single-sided accommodation which back onto the service yard, supermarket and energy centre.