5,600 homes in NEW neighbourhood for Cambridge


Plans to build a major mixed-use development in Cambridge have moved forward. 

the Core Site Cambridge
The Core Site Cambridge. Credit: TOWN and U+I.

Developers TOWN and U+I have appointed a team of design experts to bring forward the Core Site project, a 5,600-home development in the northeast of the county. 

Swedish firm Kjellander Sjöberg Architects will lead the masterplan team. 

The 48ha brownfield site, between Cambridge North railway station and Cambridge Science Park, is currently home to the former Cambridge Waste Water Treatment Plant, owned by Anglian Water and Cambridge City Council. 

New retail and workspaces, as well as education, community and leisure facilities, and open spaces including walking and cycle routes, are planned. 

Low-car design streets that prioritise pedestrians will be created. 

Three new schools will be built. 

And up to 40 per cent of the new homes will be affordable 


  • Haworth Tompkins   
  • Alison Brooks Architects 
  • Bell Phillips 
  • 5th Studio Architects 
  • Feilden Fowles 
  • Nooma Studio 

Up to 6,000 jobs could be created by the development, it is estimated.  

“Once planning permission is obtained, we will deliver key infrastructure and oversee the delivery of the new buildings on the site,” said the developers. 

The target date for submitting a planning application in 2024. 

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