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Estates Division


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Planning permission was granted on 28 March for a landmark new facility at the University’s West Cambridge site.

The 5,000m2 Shared Facilities Hub will be located at the heart of the University’s West Cambridge site providing flexible teaching and study accommodation for academics, students and staff from all departments and faculties, alongside catering and library facilities. It will also provide outreach opportunities for the local community.

It has been designed to promote an integrated and lively research environment on the site, connecting people from different departments of the University and providing a central hub as required by the increasing staff and student population destined to be relocated to West Cambridge as the University implements its masterplan.

The Shared Facilities Hub is the second planning consent to be secured for the West Cambridge site in two months following February’s permission for the proposed new Cavendish Laboratory building - a major new project to replace existing facilities for the Department of Physics.

Both schemes will enhance the University’s West Cambridge research site, which aims to create a significant research hub that will help the University to retain its globally competitive position.

The Shared Facilities Hub is scheduled to open in 2021.

Led by Jestico + Whiles, the design team for the Shared Facilities Hub includes Ramboll (Structural Engineer, Fire and Acoustics), Hoare Lea (Mechanical and Electrical engineer), Plincke (Landscape Architects), Tricon (Catering consultant) and David Bonnett Associates (Access consultant).

All images courtesy of Jestico + Whiles.

Floor plans

Shared Facilities Hub Project Team

Client: University of Cambridge  

Architect & Lead Consultant: Jestico + Whiles 

Project Manager and Principal Designer: Currie & Brown

Cost Consultant, Transport Consultant, Masterplanner, Public Realm Landscape Architect: AECOM

Civil, Structures Fire Consultant, Acoustic Consultant: Ramboll

Landscape Architect: Plincke

Mechanical & Electrical Engineer, BREEAM Consultant: Hoare Lea

Accessibility Consultant: David Bonnett Associates

Food Service Consultant: Tricon

Lighting Designer: Studio Fractal


Aerial view of Shared Facilities Hub and Cavendish III from JJ Thomson Avenue (Jestico + Whiles)