The New Museums Site is one of the University of Cambridge’s most prominent sites with a rich history as a centre for science.
The University has ambitious plans for the transformation of the Site, which is part of a £200 million investment.
The New Museums Site poses a range of opportunities to:
- Capture the history and tradition of the University
The academic history of the New Museums Site boasts ground-breaking scientific research and discoveries. Building on this heritage whilst transforming the Site into a modern and sustainable place to learn and work will bring it into the future.
- Improve accessibility
Integration and access from the surrounding streets will be a focus. The aim is to encourage and increase public use of the Site, including its museums and collections.
- Retain heritage and quality buildings
The Site is home to a number of Listed Buildings and Buildings of Local Interest. A selection of these buildings will be selectively restored, most of which are located around the perimeter of the Site. Many of the buildings in the core are of lower value and therefore present an opportunity for upgrading and creating open space.
- Provide links to the wider city
A new spatial structure for the Site will be formed together with landscaped green areas that allow for movement of people and an attractive setting for conserved buildings.
- Embrace sustainability
There are significant opportunities to add to the local ecology at the Site and reduce the University’s carbon footprint through the use of renewable energy. A sustainability framework will be put in place.