Developers U+I and TOWN have named the masterplanning design team for a new 5,000-home mixed-use development in North East Cambridge.

They have picked Swedish practice Kjellander Sjöberg Architects to lead the job, working alongside Haworth Tompkins, Alison Brooks Architects, Feilden Fowles, Nooma Studio and Bell Phillips and 5th Studio Architects.

The scheme’s amenities and facilities will include schools, shops, workplaces, and parks located within easy walking distance, based around the principle of the five-minute neighbourhood.

The development will be built on a 48ha former waterworks, owned by Anglian Water and Cambridge City Council.

The site is just a 10-minute walk from Cambridge North station.

U+I creative director Martyn Evans said: “As one of the last and largest brownfield sites in Cambridge, core site is a genuine opportunity to deliver an entire new neighbourhood on the edge of – but firmly rooted in – Cambridge, designed through extensive consultation with its people.

“The team has been appointed for its broad and deep expertise, including international practices with experience from exemplar projects across the globe, and local firms with invaluable knowledge of the city.

“We’re looking forward to this collaboration producing a world-class scheme which will become a blueprint for the delivery of new urban districts across the UK.”

Following the appointment of Kjellander Sjöberg Architects, TOWN director Jonny Anstead said: “Their innovative approach to sustainable urban development aligns perfectly with TOWN and U+I’s shared vision for a new quarter that will be designed and delivered in collaboration with local people, organisations, and a range of partners.”

Community engagement will take place throughout 2023 and a planning application is anticipated in late 2024.

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