North West Cambridge Development

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The North West Cambridge Development is the largest single capital project that the University of Cambridge has undertaken in its 800-year history. Outline planning consent was granted for the 150-hectare site in February 2013 for 3000 homes, 2000 post-graduate student bedspaces, 100,000 sq.m research space, a range of community facilities and open space. Construction began in 2013 and works are now well progressed on the first phase of development to transform open farmland into a new district of Cambridge and extension to Cambridge City. 

This event will be delivered by the main contractor for the site-wide infrastructure, Skanska, with the University of Cambridge as principal developer.


The site is a multi-contractor site with six main building contractors working to different programmes within the first phase of development from ground works, landscaping, roads and infrastructure, to brickwork and finished buildings. 

The aspects of construction you will see on the North West Cambridge Development site includes the following:  residential buildings i.e. student housing accommodation and homes; non-residential buildings i.e. the Community Centre, Nursery, Energy Centre and Sainsbury’s supermarket; groundworks i.e. cricket and football pitches and its pavilions; infrastructure/road transport routes i.e. combined footpath and cycleway; and landscaping works to public green spaces.

The six main building contractors on the site are BAM Construction, Farrans, Graham Construction, R G Carter, Skanska and Wates Construction.


Address North West Cambridge Development Site
Madingley Road


The North West Cambridge Development
site is located between Madingley Road
and Huntingdon Road in north west
Cambridge. The main entrance to the
construction site is on Madingley Road,
with good connections to the Cambridge
City Centre and the M11. The North West
Cambridge Development site is adjacent to
the Madingley Road Park and Ride. There
will be parking available in the North
West Cambridge Development site car
park. Travelling westbound along Madingley
Road from Cambridge City Centre, take the
turning right after the Park and Ride for the
NWCD Skanska main entrance. The
entrance is approximately 200 yards
west of the Park and Ride. 

If you are arriving from the M11 (Junction 13),
turn right at the top of the slip road. Drive
along Madingley Road for approximately
200-300 yards. The main entrance to the
site will be on your left. You should see
the cream security box with the
security guard. 

Upon entry into the NWCD Skanska main
entrance there is a car park on your left after
driving along the Haul road for
approximately 600-700 yards. There is a
security check point before you come
to the car park, please give your name
to the security guard and advise him that
you are attending the Open Day event.
Signage will be in place to direct you to
where you can park.

Upon arrival, please reverse park and
proceed to the Security Office.

Parking available yes

There is parking available on the North West Cambridge Development site: 

North West Cambridge Development site

Madingley Road



If you would like to park in the North West Cambridge Development site car park, can you please state your car registration number when you are filling out your booking form. We will require your car registration number to add to our security gate list for Friday 31 March 2017.

Cyclists can use the cyclists rack to park and lock their cycles at the North West Cambridge Development Madingley Road site entrance.

Length of Visit 1 Hour and 50 Minutes
Maximum Group Size 12
Register by 30 Mar 2017
Disabled Access yes

If you have any questions about disabled access on our site, please contact Sandra Nicholls, Skanska Public Liaison Officer on 07971 642 952 or email

Child Restrictions yes

The age limit for children on the North West Cambridge Development site is 18 years old and above.

However, children aged 12 and above can still attend the site walking tour as long as they are accompanied by a supervising adult. When you are booking your time slot online, can you please put the age of your children in brackets next to their name(s).

Sandra Nicholls

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