Cambridge’s joint development committee has approved an application for a new five storey laboratory and office building at the Cambridge Biomedical Campus.

The joint committee, made up of councillors from Cambridge City Council and South Cambridgeshire District Council, unanimously approved the application in January 2021.

The laboratory and office building will be fronted by a “red architectural tree” in one corner and will host public workspace and a public cafe, as well as offering office and lab space intended to be multi-let to encourage a creative working environment. The application explains that the red tree structure “symbolises the connection between structure, building and science and represents a place of innovation and future thinking”.

The plans also include a temporary car park with 146 spaces, which will be required until phase two of the Biomedical Campus expansion has been sufficiently completed to reach the need for the two multi-storey car parks included in its outline planning permission.

Phases one and two of this project are being jointly developed by Liberty Property Trust UK and Countryside Properties. This approval represents the commencement of the second phase of expansion plans for the Biomedical Campus.

Andrew Blevins, the managing director for Liberty Property Trust UK, said the building will help create “an ever-more sustainable ecosystem for visitors, scientists, entrepreneurs, academics and clinicians” on site.

The approved application dealt with reserved matters outstanding from the initial campus expansion submission that was given approval in 2017. Official planning approval will be given once certain application conditions are met.

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