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Cambridge Eastern Extension

Cambridge Eastern Extension

This study explored ways in which Cambridge could grow towards the east. It was commissioned by Cambridgeshire County Council and completed in 2002. The entire area if fully developed was found to have a capacity of 17,700 dwellings. The study was triggered by the potential for Cambridge airport to be relocated, which would release land for development immediately outside the Cambridge boundary to the east.

Planning for growth in Cambridge has involved contentious issues over the last 50 years. Over the last few decades, the issues have been heightened through the great economic success of the city, its university, the research/ business axis and the associated effect on the demand for housing, services, commercial development and ancillary activities and uses. The sensitivity of both the unique urban character of the city core and of the setting in the landscape allows few easy options for growth; and those that there are have been,
and are being, rapidly taken up.

The development blocks were designed to allow step by step development along linking routes, planned especially for
public transport and easy accessibility by foot and bicycle. It is therefore potentially a good example of "transit-oriented-development" (TOD).

LocationCambridge England
Client(s)Cambridgeshire County Council
Team(s)Tim Pharoah with Llewelyn Davies, Steer Davies Gleave, Roger Tym & Partners, Campbell Reith Hill, Studio Engleback & Prof. Marcial Echenique


Eastern Cambridge Study, Cambridge, urban extension, sustainable development, public transport oriented development, PTOD, Transit Oriented Development, TOD

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Suggested development at Cambridge airport site, structured around potential public transport routes

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