Innovation and excellence in science and health

The Campus

The Campus

Innovation and excellence in health and care

The Cambridge Biomedical Campus combines world-class biomedical research, patient care and education on a single site. Now undergoing a major expansion that includes the co-location of companies alongside the existing 12,000-strong community of healthcare professionals and research scientists, the Campus is on track to becoming one of the leading biomedical centres in the world by 2020.


The Campus dates back to 1962 when Addenbrooke’s Hospital and the Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB) moved from their respective locations in Cambridge city centre to the current site at Hills Road. Since then, a number of major research laboratories and hospitals have established a presence on the site including the Rosie Hospital, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Mental Health Trust, the University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine, Cancer Research UK Cambridge Research Institute and six Medical Research Council units/centres in addition to the Laboratory of Molecular Biology.

2020 Vision

In 1999, Addenbrooke’s Hospital (now part of Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust), in partnership with the University of Cambridge and the Medical Research Council, created a masterplan for the expansion of the hospital site called the 2020 Vision. This included the development of a further 90 acres to enhance existing on-site activities as well creating space for commercial organisations.  With the creation of an 121-acre country park and 4000 new houses in the immediate vicinity, on completion, the Campus would resemble an “urban healthcare village” – a memorable place with streets, squares, gardens and courtyards that reflect the unique nature of Cambridge with its world renowned university.

From Vision to Reality

Anyone visiting the Campus will see that the transformation of the Hills Road site is well underway. The Addenbrooke’s Road and Francis Crick Avenue now provide fast and easy access to the Campus from the M11 motorway whilst the Cambridgeshire Guided Bus serves the Campus via Cambridge railway station. Additional enhancements to the infrastructure include a 1200-space multi-storey car park whilst proposed developments include a state-of-the-art energy centre and The Forum- a development planned by Cambridge University Hospitals which includes a conference centre, hotel and private hospital as well as shops and restaurants. In terms of other new buildings, a number of major new projects have been completed or are planned for the near future:


A new global R&D Centre and Corporate HQ for AstraZeneca


The Medical Research Council’s stunning 270,000 sq ft facility to house the Laboratory of Molecular Biology which opened  in May 2013


A state-of-the-art building for Papworth Hospital when it relocates to the Campus in 2017




A growing ABC Community

For companies locating here, the Biomedical Campus is more than just a conventional science park. It is a highly networked community; a community of Academics, Businesses and Clinicians who are committed to working together to bring new and improved products and services to patients; an environment where companies can research and develop products in partnership with healthcare professionals; where products can be transitioned from the laboratory to the clinic on the same site; and where businesses can communicate, person-to-person, with key opinion leaders both from academia and the NHS.

Attracted by this sense of community, in 2013 AstraZeneca announced its intention to establish its global R&D centre and corporate HQ on the Campus. The company expects to move into its new facilities in 2017/2018.

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