What are the challenges of masterplanning and integrating a global campus in a local city?

Key themes: Planning, Healthcare Infrastructure, Sustainable Transport, Community Integration

The Cambridge Biomedical Campus (CBC) is a vibrant, international healthcare community, home to global leaders in medical science, research, education and patient care, and located at the heart of the UK’s and Europe’s leading life sciences cluster. It houses, among other things, a lab with twelve Nobel prizes, three hospitals (including the world-famous Royal Papworth, whose surgeons conducted Britain’s first successful heart transplant), the Cancer Research UK Institute, the brand-new Heart and Lung Research Institute (which has more heart and lung specialists under one roof than any other building in Europe), and AstraZeneca’s £1 billion global headquarters. 

Its spatial development has, however, resulted in some tricky road junctions and a lack of neutral gathering spaces like a pub, coffee shop, or even conference centre. The future challenge is to develop the Campus in a sustainable way which means it is easier to get to on public transport, creates a better place to work, visit, and live near, and integrates it better into the city it serves. 

On this tour, you will hear from the team heading up expansion plans, the Local Planning Authority, one of the organisations that has moved to the site, and a local Ward Councillor.

This tour is led by:

  • Richard Westcott, Head of Communications and Engagement, Cambridge University Health Partners

With presenters:

  • Dr Kristin Ann Rutter, Executive Director, Cambridge University Health Partners
  • Stephen Kelly, Joint Director of Planning & Economic Development, Greater Cambridge Shared Planning
  • John Wallwork, Chair of Royal Papworth Hospital
  • Dr. David Skinner, Associate Professor of Sociology, Anglia Ruskin University

The Cambridge Biomedical Campus learning tour will depart following morning plenary and lunch on Thursday 22 June. See full Congress programme at theaou.org/cambridge

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