EDDINGTON

Eddington is the result of an ambitious project by the University of Cambridge to create an outstanding new extension to the city.  Centred around a mixed academic and urban community, Eddington will be a place that is sustainable and long-lasting, offering a high quality of life to enhance both the City and the University.

A NEW PLACE TO CALL HOME

Eddington is a distinctive, enduring new neighbourhood in North West Cambridge, and the University of Cambridge’s vision for an outstanding extension to the city to deliver sustainable living, learning and working in a vibrant urban environment. Eddington is named after the renowned astronomer, mathematician and physicist Sir Arthur Eddington. His observations confirmed some key predictions of Einstein’s Theory of Relativity and led to its general acceptance; he was also a Cambridge alumnus and resident in the local area in the early part of the twentieth century. In addition to providing homes for its staff and students, this contemporary urban neighbourhood will provide Cambridge with additional housing, amenities and accessible green spaces. Conveniently located between Madingley Road and Huntingdon Road and just two miles by bike from Cambridge itself, Eddington has been beautifully and innovatively designed and inspired by the architecture of the city. Eddington has been carefully considered as a community where people come first, and where the essential components of a balanced neighbourhood come together.

PRIMARY SCHOOL

The University of Cambridge Primary school opened in September 2015 to its first intake and will offer an inclusive and high-quality education for the local children at Eddington and the surrounding area. Designed by award winning Marks Barfield Architects, perhaps best known as the London Eye architect, the school is a three-form entry school and will provide education for children aged 4 –11. It is a mixed-ability co-educational school with no specific religious character or particular faith.
For further information on School Admissions, please contact the Cambridgeshire County Council Admissions Team on 0345 045 1370 or Email: admissions@cambridgeshire.gov.uk Further information is available at www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/admissions

COMMUNITY CENTRE

Storey’s Field Centre will be a fantastic community facility with spaces for events, from film screenings and music recitals to weddings and dance classes. This outstanding facility will serve both the new Eddington neighbourhood and wider Cambridge community. A main hall with a sprung floor can accommodate up to 180 people and this hall will suit a range of uses from formal concerts or lectures, through to dance classes or zumba classes, to Brownies or film clubs, fashion shows, weddings or fairs. A medium size hall has space for up to 50 people whilst a smaller room is for up to 20 people, both perfect for parties, exercise or craft classes and meetings. There will also be a University nursery with some places available for children of non-university working families. The Storey's Field Centre, designed by McInnes Usher McKnight Architects, is expected to open to the public in late 2017. Designed to fulfil ambitious aspirations to provide a building of the highest calibre that will serve both the new Eddington community and the wider Cambridge, the centre is a joint venture between the University and Cambridge City Council.

MARKET SQUARE

The market square is an important focal point for any neighbourhood and has been designed to accommodate a range of events and provide a lively engaging environment for both the new residents of Eddington and the existing Cambridge community. Conveniently close, shops and social spaces around the square make it a natural meeting point for all to enjoy. The shops around the market square are yet to be announced but is envisaged that they will include appropriate and essential retailers to support life at Eddington. The Sainsbury's supermarket fronts onto the market square and the other smaller shops will be located around the market square. Sheltered bicycle parking and an underground car park will serve the supermarket and the local centre. The health centre will be located in the local centre and is due to open during 2018 with up to five GPs. The 4* hotel is located on Eddington Avenue opposite the Veteran Oak Apartments. Currently under construction it is anticipated that the hotel will open in 2020.

GETTING AROUND

Car-free walking routes, an extensive cycle network, and convenient public transport mean that at Athena, Eddington, everything necessary to support convenient, sustainable day-to-day living and working is close to hand. Walking and cycling have been integrated into Eddington life from the earliest design stage. Secure bike-paths connect easily and conveniently to the city in 10 minutes, which is a 10 minute cycle ride away. Whilst within Eddington, cycling and pedestrian-friendly routes without traffic, lead to sports fields, nurseries, and play spaces. The Ridgeway is a cycle and pedestrian path that runs through Eddington with entrances on Girton Corner and Storey's Way. A car club and regular buses link Eddington to Cambridge, making getting about a breeze, and reducing the need for car travel. The Universal bus is a new bus service replacing the Uni4 and now runs through Eddington. It is a facility for all members of the public, subsidised by the University of Cambridge. For further information on the Universal bus servce, please visit www.nwcambridge.co.uk/news/universal-bus-everyone

GREEN SPACES & PARKS

Parks and playing fields and happy hours outdoors are part of the landscape at Eddington, with space for every age from four to forty-four. Or ninety-four. Eddington has several sports pitches, including the area opposite Athena which also features a running track and a pavillion. Storey’s Field, a similar size of Parker’s Piece in Cambridge, offers green space for walks and games at Eddington’s centre. Whilst the lakes and lagoons at Brook Leys, part of almost 60 acres of natural landscape along Eddington’s edge, brings the countryside into the city, and offers extensive habitat for wildlife. Architecturally sculptured with water features and paths open to the public, the lakes and lagoons at Brook Leys stores the rainwater in specially designed ‘green landscape’ areas.

SUSTAINABLE LIVING

In creating this new place, the University has an opportunity to affect the built environment and how people lead more sustainable lives. Innovative measures that are unique to this development include the largest water recycling system in the UK, a district heating network and an underground bin system. Homes and non-residential buildings will be built to some of the highest levels of sustainability. The use of underground bins is an innovative waste disposal method. A traditional system might have seen thousands of unsightly wheelie bins outside Eddington's homes, instead around 450 stainless steel bins for general waste and recycling are placed around Eddington for everyone's use. Under each stainless steel bin is an underground sealed container which collects the waste and recycling. When the container is 80% full, a signal is automatically sent to the collection company to alert them to empty the container. A centralised energy centre uses gas to generate power and heat that is distributed to the homes at Eddington and is a vital part of the sustainability strategy.
The centralised network aims to reduce energy wastage, helping us to achieve Code for Sustainable Homes Level 5 for the homes at Athena and creating an exemplar of sustainable living. Utilising a central energy centre results in lower CO2 emissions than receiving electricity from the typical power stations that feed the grid and instead of emitting the heat produced by typical electricity generation into the air. The energy centre will channel it underground to heat the homes at Eddington. Brook Leys, on the western edge of Eddington is an area for recreational use and also an important part of the sustainable drainage system at Eddington. The largest rainwater recycling system in the country sees hard and soft landscaping designed to collect and slowly release rainwater from across Eddington through swales and green corridors to the lakes and lagoon at Brook Leys. The water is treated and pumped back into the homes for non-potable water uses, such as toilet flushing, use in washing machines and for garden watering.

UNIVERSITY HOUSING

Eddington is being created to meet the University’s long term growth. Designed to be a long-lasting, sustainable and ambitious place, the long term masterplan includes 1,500 homes for University and College staff and a further 700 University key-worker residences will also be available. The development of Cambridge’s contribution to local, national and international economy and culture is currently constrained by a lack of adequate or affordable accommodation for post-graduate students, postdoctoral researchers and permanent staff. The University homes are available for qualifying University, College and affiliated staff at a subsidised rent. In addition, 2,000 post-graduate student rooms will also be available, the first phase includes 325 student rooms which are being let by nearby Girton College for their students. The Accommodation Service can provide guidance for students on rentals elsewhere in the City. For further information on the University Accommodation Service, please visit www.accommodation.cam.ac.uk

PUBLIC ART INSTALLATIONS

At Eddington an integrated and dynamic public art strategy has been developed to respond to the physical site, its past, present and future context, and the communities. One of the most eye catching installations at Eddington is the Fata Morgana Tea House, a two-part steel structure on the lake setting of Brooks Leys. The Fata Morgana Teahouse is a sculptural work by Winter & Hörbelt that invites people to enter it in order to experience the landscape through a mediated view that maximise the views and vistas from points in the surrounding landscape and enhance people’s perceptions and interest in the landscape.