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Artist's view of the new Shared Facilities Hub (Image courtesy of Jestico + Whiles)

Project Brief:


The 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.

This is the first building of its kind that the University has brought forward and has been designed to move away from the more institutionalised buildings on the site to provide a building which is welcoming and engages with the adjacent public realm and open space. The café and restaurant facilities on the ground floor will provide a varied range of catering options and along with the proposed convenience shop will be open and available to the surrounding community.

On the upper floors the building will provide different types of library, study, teaching and meeting room space to be shared by the current and future users of the site. The teaching rooms are adaptable and will be able for community use outside core teaching time in the evenings and at weekends. 

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 scheme 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.

Site address:   JJ Thomson Avenue, Cambridge CB3 0FD
Size:   4647 sqm
Total Cost:   £ 40M
Project Manager:   Matt Allen
Contractor:   Bouygues
Architect:   Jestico + Whiles
Status:   Work started 22/05/2019
Work completed April 2022
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