Cambridge Bio-medical Campus

University of Cambridge

Project Capella is a new biomedical research development within the Cambridge Biomedical Campus. The aims of the project were twofold: to provide the University with a valuable asset: spatially efficient and highly adaptable, and to provide a stimulating environment for innovative research and collaboration.

The new laboratory building included lecture and conference facilities and brought together a large number of medical research groups with a convergent scientific focus. The intention was to establish an international centre of excellence, attracting leaders within the world class scientific community. At the same time, the study explored the long-term adaptability of the typical laboratories and how specialist facilities could be shared in order to ensure maximum efficiency and flexibility. The focus on facilitating non-disruptive adaptability included the easy conversion of traditional lab space for bioinformatics (dry labs) and automated processes.

The site masterplan was able to achieve a significant increase in accommodation on the site and looked at how the facilities could complement and share those of the adjacent Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute (CI).

Our Team

Project Team

  • Client: University of Cambridge
  • Cost planning: Aecom
  • Civil and structural Engineer: Ramboll
  • Services Engineer: Aecom
  • Specialist laboratory advice: LCE