Biodiverse Cambridge campus wins approval
Whitelaw Turkington’s landscape scheme for Cambridge University’s burgeoning West Cambridge campus has won planning permission
Work is due to start in November on the project, which includes the creation of a completely new system of waterways to protect the site from flooding.
Whitelaw Turkington’s landscape design for the 66ha site has had to marry the cluster of diverse new buildings on the site.
Managing director Guy Denton said: “Our scheme is designed to encourage a rich biodiversity of natural wildlife, as well as catering to the needs of campus users.”
The proposals include tree planting and creating a new lake, canal and swale system designed to reduce flood risk. There is also new public space including a tree-lined square, formal terraced gardens and a network of new pedestrian, cycle and road routes.
Building work on NBBJ’s £45 million Centre for Material Science & Metallurgy, one of the key new buildings on the science and technology campus, will start next month.
Completed schemes on the site include RMJM’s William Gates Building, named in honour of the father of the Microsoft boss who funded the scheme, BDP’s Centre for Nanosciences, and Arup Associates’ Institute for Manufacturing, which opened last year.
Arup Associates’ new sports centre, comprising three softly curving biomes, was awarded planning permission in 2002. However, a start date has yet to be confirmed subject to funding.