A world-class facility in the heart of one of Europe’s largest biomedical research centres. The collaboration between patients, physicians and scientists in the new hospital will undoubtedly change the way cancer is treated for the better, across the region, the UK and the world.

The new specialist cancer research hospital is located on the land next to Addenbrooke’s Hospital, AstraZeneca and Royal Papworth Hospital, and therefore forms a crucial part of the wider Cambridge University Hospital masterplan.  The landscape and public realm design plays a key role in creating a welcoming, calming, and healing space.

Taking a bold step away from the typical clinical environment, the external spaces were shaped by biophilic principles and user group engagement, resulting in a scheme which has been informed by future users’ thoughts, ideas, and lived experiences.

The public realm design focused on establishing a welcoming, accessible, and fully inclusive environment, and a coherent and fully integrated part of the wider Cambridge University Hospital masterplan. A central courtyard space takes its design cues from the forest and provides access to nature, tranquillity and social space. Beautifully crafted landscapes are continued up the building via vertical greening, accessible terraces, and a range of biodiverse green roofs. Collectively these landscapes ensured that the project realised its biophilic design vision, the required ecological enhancements and pioneering sustainability standards.

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