LDA Design’s masterplan to regenerate world-famous city centre site

Approval for Cambridge city centre campus masterplan

LDA Design’s new masterplan for a city centre campus in Cambridge has been approved by the University of Cambridge.

The site is one of the university’s most prominent, and includes the former home of the Cavendish Laboratory where such ground-breaking research as the discovery of the structure of DNA took place.

LDA Design says that its masterplan ‘establishes a strong spatial structure to regenerate the site’. Existing buildings will be re-modelled and new buildings provided to accommodate academic departments and central facilities, such as a new student centre.

As consultant team leader, LDA Design worked closely with the University of Cambridge’s Estate Department, Cambridge City Council and English Heritage, ‘to ensure that the redevelopment optimised the site’s development capacity and was balanced with conserving buildings of heritage merit while delivering sustainable, flexible building uses interlinked with high quality urban spaces’.

Key aims of the masterplan include bringing new life to the site, conserving the existing historic buildings, establishing new public spaces, improving links and enhancing biodiversity.

LDA Design is currently supporting the preparation of a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) for Cambridge City Council and the university, which will establish the future development policy framework for the site. The masterplan will be implemented in a number of phases. The first phase is being prepared by Bennetts Associates and is supported by LDA Design as masterplan advisors and landscape architects. Phase two will be submitted for planning in spring.

‘The challenge was to develop a masterplan that met the academic and administrative needs of the university while promoting the understanding of the site’s heritage and also transforming the city centre site into a new attractive, vibrant and sustainable environment for the future,’ says LDA Design partner Alister Kratt.

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