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24 March, 2021 - 13:21 By Tony Quested

New vision for Cambridge Biomedical Campus

Cambridge Biomedical Campus is launching a new vision for the hub and wants local people to put forward their views and help shape its future.

The site, one of the world’s leading clusters of healthcare, research and related life science activity, has grown and developed considerably since its birth in 1967. 

Key players have identified land that would enable the campus to expand in line with its plans for growth and is keen to get this into the public domain.

Today CBC is the largest employment site in Cambridge, home to a number of organisations including the University of Cambridge, Cambridge University Hospitals, Royal Papworth Hospital, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust, the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, AstraZeneca and Abcam.

This puts the campus at the forefront of globally significant research and development – saving lives and addressing key challenges facing public health today – while the cluster of hospitals contributes directly to providing the best healthcare expertise available for local communities, as well as for others from further afield, on a daily basis. 

There is also a recognition that the campus could increase its contribution to the city that is its home as well as address some of the challenges which its growth causes for neighbouring residents – something the new vision is intended to address.

Roland Sinker, chief executive, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Countless lives have been saved and health improved through the work on the campus – whether it is in the hospital bed, a new treatment delivered in the community or through research in the lab. 

“While this work is internationally recognised, CBC is born and bred in Cambridge. The work we do directly benefits the local community, both in terms of health services and employment opportunities, but we want to go much further in terms of our contribution to the city and local people.

“The new vision is designed to take CBC forward through the coming decades. Key principles of the vision are focused on making the campus feel part of the life and activity of the city rather than being somewhere simply located within it. 

“We want CBC to be an integral part of the city and its life.”

Professor Stephen J. Toope, Vice-Chancellor, University of Cambridge, added: “We are at the early stages of this process. We’ve developed some key principles that we think would deliver this vision but we would welcome hearing from others. This isn’t a consultation so much as a conversation – we genuinely want to hear from our neighbours and local stakeholders.

“We are running the conversation on our vision alongside the local authorities’ Local Plan process. 

“As part of the preliminary work, CBC has identified land near the campus that would enable it to grow sensibly in order to turn the vision into a reality and so is in dialogue with the relevant landowners to shape proposals.”
Information and background on the vision is being launched via a new website at www.cbc-vision.co.uk. It will also offer people the chance to feed back their views. 

Smaller scale discussions with specific representative groups are also planned over the coming weeks to ensure everyone has the chance to contribute.

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