Innovation and excellence in science and health

Masterplan & new buildings

The expansion of the Campus is taking place in two phases. Phase 1 comprises 70 acres of which one third will accommodate Cambridge University Hospitals with the remaining two thirds for commercial and other uses.

All of the Phase 1 land has now been allocated. In February, the developer (Liberty and Countryside) submitted an application for outline planning consent for Phase 2 which comprises an additional 14 acres of land which was ring-fenced for future development by the local authority in 2009.

To date, Liberty and Countryside have invested over £40 million in infrastructure and masterplan development for Phase 1 including the Circus.

New buildings

Seven new buildings are either under construction or due to be constructed by 2018:

DevelopmentOccupation starts Size (GIA sq m)Lead
New MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB)Opened 201325,000Medical Research Council
New Papworth HospitalSpring 201832,300Papworth
The ForumTBC35,000John Laing/Cambridge University Hospitals
CapellaMid-2018 18,000Cambridge University Hospitals
Gemma20174,000University of Cambridge
BellatrixAutumn 201725,000University of Cambridge
Heart & Lung Institutepending project fundraising7, 500University of Cambridge
The CircusEnd 2018Liberty Property Trust & Countryside
Total220,005 sq m; 2,368,114 sq ft

Phase 2

The current planning application is for development of up to 75,000 sqm floorspace (excluding plant areas) of Research and Development (B1b) and Clinical (C2 and/or D1), sui generis and higher education uses, including related support activities within use class B1; ancillary uses in addition (A1, A3, A4, A5, D1 and/or D2); up to two multi storey car parks; open space and landscaping and all other associated supporting infrastructure. The vision is to produce a landscaped-based development which appears as buildings gathered within a countryside setting and with a series of “garden spaces”.

International Healthcare Village

The Strategic Masterplan for the Campus provides a strong urban structure for the Campus, underpinning its relationship with  Cambridge city centre. Occupying almost the same area as the University does in the city, the Campus will echo the layout of the city streets and the colleges with their courts. The masterplan sets out a logical pattern of streets and spaces subdividing the Campus into a series of plots and spaces for building development. There will be a hierarchy of streets and pedestrian routes, beginning with highly populated streets and public spaces lined with buildings through entrance courtyards, semi-private spaces which adjoin but which are not part of the public routes, to gardens and functional areas belonging to specific buildings. Sustainability is at the heart of the Campus with reduced travel and energy requirements central to the distribution of land uses.


Access to the Campus has been significantly enhanced with the opening of two new roads leading to and from the M11 motorway (Addenbrooke’s Road and Francis Crick Avenue). The Cambridgeshire Guided Busway links the Campus to the city and northern villages via Cambridge railway station. A new multi-storey car park opened last year and a state-of-the-art energy centre is also planned.

A number of new initiatives are underway to enhance on site amenities and travel to and from the campus:




Visit the image gallery for photographs of the new buildings and other images of the Campus developments.

Campus PPT – available at this link CBC for SF meeting