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Architecture — Urban design — Infrastructure — Landscape —
Architecture — Urban design — Infrastructure — Landscape —
Architecture — Urban design — Infrastructure — Landscape —
Architecture — Urban design — Infrastructure — Landscape —
Architecture — Urban design — Infrastructure — Landscape —
Architecture — Urban design — Infrastructure — Landscape —
Architecture — Urban design — Infrastructure — Landscape —
Architecture — Urban design — Infrastructure — Landscape —
Architecture — Urban design — Infrastructure — Landscape —
Architecture — Urban design — Infrastructure — Landscape —

Northern Fringe East— Cambridge

Client(s)

Grosvenor; U+I / Town

Cambridge is a city experiencing unprecedented growth – great change is underway – but what is the vision for the shape of the city in the next half-century? What is the spatial strategy underpinning this vision?

Cambridge performs on a global stage of cities at the heart of a strong ‘knowledge economy’. Its continuing role in this urban club, and its economic resilience, depend on the quality of the city’s environment: an ambitious sense of the sort of place it wants to be. Our research has exposed threats in the quality of the city’s working environments and its supporting infrastructure.

Existing view along Cowley Road
The site is currently dominated by the city’s main sewage works

The largest area of the city yet to be fully developed is the North East quadrant, an area of 250 hectares occupied by the city’s sewage works, under-used rail sidings and the world-renowned Science Park. A new railway station has been established – Cambridge North – providing a fast link to London. Hard won, this station will provide critical new infrastructure to the north of the city, in an area which is the last opportunity for major urban growth that achieves net-zero-carbon and creates a connected and walkable neighbourhood.

Since 2012, 5th Studio have been promoting a strategy which radically urbanises this topography, welding together a territory in a way that overcomes the encircling infrastructure, forging good connectivity with both north Cambridge and the landscapes along the River Cam. As part of this work, the City Council were successful in winning a £220m bid to central government’s Housing Infrastructure Fund to relocate the city’s sewage works.

Having instigated the project and worked with a number of parties, including Grosvenor, to realise this ambitious vision, 5th Studio is currently advising the landowners’ chosen development partner, U+I and Town.

2025-2030 ~ 1700 homes completed
2030-2035 ~ 3200 homes completed
2043 – all homes complete
Illustrative view along an improved Cowley Road

LONDON Unit 14 21 Wren Street London WC1X 0HF t +44 (0)20 7837 7221 View on Google Maps

CAMBRIDGE Darkroom Gwydir Street Cambridge CB1 2LJ t +44 (0)1223 516009 View on Google Maps

OXFORD 2 King Edward Street Oxford OX1 4HS t +44 (0)1865 684004 View on Google Maps

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We are keen to receive CVs and short portfolios from Part 1 and Part 2 designers. Please contact us via recruitment@5thstudio.co.uk

We actively encourage qualified applicants from underrepresented backgrounds to apply.