New Cambridge accommodation completes first milestone

The University of Cambridge's new district, Eddington sees the completion of its first new build

Swirles Court, a development of 325 en-suite rooms, purpose built for students, has been completed at the North West Cambridge Development of Eddington.

Leased to Girton College, this is the first completion of many scheduled for 2017 at the new community. The scheme has been designed by award-winning architects practice, R H Partnership (RHP).

With a total construction value of £26 million, Swirles Court sits at the heart of Eddington, a 150-hectare site which will comprise 3,000 homes (private for sale and for rent to University and college key workers), 2,000 student rooms, 100,000 square metres of research facilities, a community centre, shops and a primary school. Girton is the first Cambridge College to establish a base in Eddington, offering state-of-the art facilities to its growing graduate community.

To future-proof the University’s position on the global stage as a research leader we need to provide an inspiring, sustainable place for our people to live and thrive – Heather Topel, Project Director for the North West Cambridge development

Heather Topel, Project Director for the North West Cambridge development, said: “It is incredibly exciting to see the University of Cambridge’s vision for Eddington start to come to fruition with the completion of this innovative residential development that is part of the Collegiate University.

“The new community is the University’s response to the need to provide homes for its academic staff and student accommodation. To maintain its status as a leading academic institution on a global stage, Cambridge University has created, in Eddington, a development that is unprecedented in scale and ambition.

“Swirles Court will be part of a new sustainable urban community featuring green open spaces, facilities and amenities such as local shops and a community centre, all linked by strategic cycle routes to promote connectivity to Cambridge centre and beyond. To future-proof the University’s position on the global stage as a research leader we need to provide an inspiring, sustainable place for our people to live and thrive.’

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