3,000 home scheme will be UK’s largest CSH level five project

Cambridge University has agreed planning obligations for its £1 billion eco-development masterplanned by Aecom.

A section 106 agreement has been signed by the university in relation to its 3,000 home project, the largest Code for Sustainable Homes level five project in the UK.

The 150ha masterplan also includes 2,000 student bed spaces and 100,000sq m of academic and commercial research space. Non-residential parts of the scheme are to be designed to the Breeam ‘excellent’ standard.

North west Cambridge masterplan, by Aecom

North west Cambridge masterplan, by Aecom

Other architects working on the scheme include Maccreanor Lavington, Mole, David Chipperfield, Alison Brooks, Witherford Watson Mann, Wilkinson Eyre, Mecanoo, Cottrell & Vermeulen, Muma, Sarah Wigglesworth, AOC and RH Partnership.

The university will now submit a series of reserved matters applications for the project. Phase one includes 530 homes for university staff, 450 homes for sale and accommodation for 300 students.

Sustainable features of the masterplan include a site-wide district heating network powered by a combined heat and power facility.

Aecom is developing the UK’s first stormwater recycling scheme for the project, expected to be one of the largest in the world.