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From provincial hospital to internationally renowned biomedical Campus

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The Campus dates back to 1962 when Addenbrooke’s Hospital and the Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology (MRC 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.

01-10-2017
1766

Addenbrooke’s Hospital founded in 1766 when Dr John Addenbrooke left money in his will to establish a hospital in Cambridge

02-10-2017
1800 - 1900s

Addenbrooke’s Hospital extended and underwent reconstruction

03-10-2017
1948

Plans drawn up for a new hospital

04-10-2017
1951

New site purchased from the Pemberton Estate

05-10-2017
1962

First phase of the new hospital opened
MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology opened

06-10-2017
1966

Contract signed for second phase of hospital expansion

08-10-2017
1983

The Rosie dedicated maternity hospital built

10-10-2017
1999

Addenbrooke’s 2020 Vision announced

Partnership between
Cambridge University Hospitals –
University of Cambridge –
Medical Research Council –
Landowner Trustees –

A long-term expansion strategy to advance clinical care, augment research facilities and create space for commercial organisations

10-10-2017
1999

GSK Clinical Unit.
The Addenbrooke’s Centre for Clinical Investigation (ACCI) was opened by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh in June 1999

11-10-2017
2001

Addenbrooke’s NHS Trust published an update to 2020 Vision

12-10-2017
2002

Opening of the Hutchison/MRC Research Centre for cancer research

13-10-2017
2003

County Council’s Structure Plan published incorporating the case for the 2020 Vision into an emerging wider vision for the development of the southern city fringe

14-10-2017
2004

First multi-storey car park opened with 1,255 spaces for staff
Addenbrooke’s Trust became Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust with greater freedom for decision-making and the ability to borrow money

15-10-2017
2006

The Emergency Assessment Unit (EAU) opened – centralising and re-designing emergency care City Council adopted new Local Plan and released Green Belt for development Joint outline planning application for the Cambridge Biomedical Campus submitted by Cambridge University Hospitals and its development partners Countryside Properties, Liberty Property Trust and the Pemberton Trustees

16-10-2017
2007

HM the Queen opened the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Research Institute 25,000sqm of either clinical research and treatment (D1) or higher education or sui generis medical research institute uses Second multi-storey car park opened with 770 spaces for visitors and patients Official opening of the Institute of Metabolic Science – a partnership between the University, the Trust and the MRC

17-10-2017
2009

Construction started on the Medical Research Councils’ new building to house the existing Laboratory of Molecular Biology

Phase 1 Expansion
70 acres –
All land fully committed –
New buildings under construction including –
New Royal Papworth Hospital –
AstraZeneca’s Global R&D Centre and corporate Headquarters –
New labs for the University of Cambridge –
New access road –
5 mins from J11 of the M11 –
Developers invested approx. £40m in infrastructure –

18-10-2017
2010

Addenbrooke’s Road and Francis Crick Avenue completed

19-10-2017
2011

Cambridgeshire Guided Busway operational

20-10-2017
2012

Deakin Learning Centre completed

20-10-2017
2013

New MRC LMB building officially opened by the Queen
 –
Extension to the Rosie Hospital officially opened by the Queen –
Work started on the southern perimeter road –

20-10-2017
2013

Dame Mary Archer Way opened

21-10-2017
2015

January 2015 –
Royal Papworth Hospital announced acquisition of land for new hospital in Cambridge.

February 2015 –
AstraZeneca received planning consent for new global R&D centre and corporate headquarters; total of 59,821sqm Biotech and Biomedical research and development floor space. Construction commences. 

March 2015 –
Financial close reached for the New Royal Papworth Hospital project and construction commences.

22-10-2017
2016

– November 2016
Planning consent granted for new Abcam HQ, the first building in Phase 2

23-10-2017
2017

February 2017
construction commences on new Abcam HQ –

September 2017
Outline planning consent obtained for Phase 2 –

25-10-2017
Upcoming milestones

Opening of Abcam’s new headquarters

New Royal Papworth Hospital opening

AstraZeneca commence moving into their new corporate headquarters

Opening of the The Circus and The Gardens – expansive new public realm