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Eddington

Eddington, a distinctive and enduring new
neighbourhood in north west Cambridge, is the
University of Cambridge’s vision for an outstanding
extension to the city that delivers sustainable living,
learning and working in a vibrant urban environment.

A new place

TO CALL HOME

The new neighbourhood at Eddington is setting the standard in sustainable living. The largest capital project in the University's 800 year history will offer homes for University staff and students, whilst also providing Cambridge with additional homes, amenities and accessible green spaces to create a vibrant environment for all its residents.

An exemplar new neighbourhood that is sustainable, long-lasting and ambitious; offering a high quality of life.

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Living well

Eddington has been carefully considered as a community where people come first, and where the essential components of a balanced neighbourhood come together. That means everything necessary to support convenient, sustainable day-to-day living and working is close at hand.

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Surroundings

Cycling and pedestrian-friendly routes lead to sports fields, nurseries, play spaces and the University of Cambridge Primary School. The market square, one of the fundamental building blocks of any strong neighbourhood, is Eddington’s natural meeting place, supporting its community with a variety of events, shops and activities.

A new place to call home

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 new homes, this contemporary urban neighbourhood, just two miles by bike from Cambridge’s city centre, 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.

Eddington has already won numerous awards, including;

  • World Architecture Festival 2014: Masterplanning – Future Projects (Winner)
  • Architects Journal Architecture 2017: Masterplan of the Year (Winner)
  • Cambridge Design and Construction Awards 2017: Best new neighbourhood (Winner)
  • RIBA East 2018 Awards: Storey’s Field Centre, MUMA (Finalist)
  • Green Gown Awards 2016: Community (Finalist)
  • Green Apple Awards 2015: Environmental Best Practice (Silver Winner)
  • Green World Awards 2016 (Finalist)
  • Waterwise Awards 2016: Water Efficiency in the Built Environment (Silver Winner)
  • National Recycling Awards 2018: Partnership Excellence – Public/Private sector (Finalist)

Primary school

Designed by award-winning Marks Barfield Architects, perhaps best known as the London Eye architect, the University of Cambridge Primary School received a prestigious Royal Institute of British Architects award in 2017 and is shortlisted for a RIBA East award.
The University of Cambridge Primary School is a three-form entry school governed by a charitable trust, UTS Cambridge, 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.

To visit the University of Cambridge Primary school website, please click here.

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 here

Storey's Field Centre

Storey’s Field Centre is a fantastic community facility with spaces for events; from film screenings and music recitals to weddings and dance classes.
The main hall 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. Two other rooms have space for up to 20 and 50 people, both perfect for parties, exercise or craft classes and meetings.
A bright and vibrant children’s nursery is also located at Storey’s Field Centre.
The Storey’s Field Centre, designed by McInnes Usher McKnight Architects, is designed to fulfil ambitious aspirations to provide a building of the highest calibre that will serve the new Eddington community.

Market square

The market square is an important focal point for any neighbourhood and at Eddington it has been designed to accommodate a range of events and provide a lively engaging environment.
Centrally located within Eddington, shops and social spaces around the square make it a natural meeting point for all to enjoy. The market square shops are yet to be announced but is envisaged to include appropriate and essential retailers to support life at Eddington. Sainsbury’s supermarket fronts onto the market square and the other smaller shops will be located around the market square. The health centre will be located on Eddington Avenue near the market square and is due to open during 2018 with up to five GPs.
The 4* hotel will be located on Eddington Avenue opposite the Veteran Oak Apartments and is anticipated to open in 2020.

Getting around

Car-free walking routes, an extensive cycle network, and convenient public transport mean that at 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 with cycling lanes connecting easily and conveniently to the city in 10 minutes, whilst within Eddington, cycling and pedestrian-friendly routes, lead to sports fields, parks and play spaces.
The U-Bus runs regularly from Eddington via the city centre to Addenbrooke’s Hospital and Biomedical Campus, making getting about a breeze, and reducing the need for car travel.

Green spaces & parks

Parks, playing fields and happy hours outdoors are part of the landscape at Eddington, with space for every age.
Eddington has several sports pitches, including the area opposite Athena which also features a running track and a sports pavilion. Storey’s Field, a similar size to Parker’s Piece in Cambridge, offers green space for walks and games at Eddington’s centre.

The lakes and lagoons at Brook Leys, part of almost 60 acres of natural landscape along Eddington’s edge, offers extensive habitat for wildlife. Architecturally sculptured with water features and paths, Brook Leys filters and stores the rainwater harvested from across Eddington before it is pumped back to the homes where it is used for washing machines and for toilet flushing.

Sustainable living

Eddington has been designed with sustainability in mind. Innovative measures that are unique to Eddington include the largest rainwater harvesting and recycling system in the UK, a district heating network and an underground bin system.
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. 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 for the homes at Eddington and is a vital part of the sustainability strategy.

University housing

Eddington has been created to meet the University’s long term growth. Designed to be long-lasting, sustainable and ambitious, Eddington includes 1,500 homes for University staff and students which are available for qualifying University staff and students to rent.
In addition, 2,000 post-graduate student rooms will also be available, the first of which are already occupied by Girton College students.

 

For further information about University key worker homes please click here .

For more information on University Housing at Eddington please click here.

Public art installations

At Eddington, integrated and dynamic public art has been designed in to respond to Eddington’s locations, past, present and future, as well as its growing new community.
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 experience the landscape through a mediated view that maximise vistas from points in the surrounding landscape and enhance people’s perceptions and interest in the landscape. Also by Winter & Hörbelt is the striking Pixelwall which beautifully reflects the surrounding landscape.

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