University of Cambridge takes ownership of new West Hub

The brand-new building in the West Cambridge Innovation District is a space for researchers, students, the community and businesses

The University of Cambridge has taken day-to-day control of its new West Hub.

West Hub is a “collaborative space” for the West Cambridge Innovation District. It is to be used by students, academics, researchers, businesses and the wider community.

The new 4,647m² building sits in the centre of the university’s west-of-city site, adjacent to Madingley Road. This edge-of-town campus is already home to several STEM departments and the soon-to-be-completed Ray Dolby Centre, which augments the Cavendish Laboratory.

West Hub houses a library and study, meeting and teaching spaces. There are also catering spaces on the ground floor. The building was rated ‘excellent’ by BREEAM as a low-energy building. It achieved an estimated 10% reduction in carbon emissions with technologies such as ground source heat pumps, estimated to produce around 80% of required heating and hot water.

It was designed by Jestico + Whiles and built by Bouygues.

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The building was officially completed at the end of April.

Each storey within the building has a different height. The building is clad in folded and perforated aluminium, from beneath which integrated lighting glows at dusk.

Andy Neely, pro-vice-chancellor for enterprise and business relations, said the building “represents the start of the site’s transformation into a more outward-facing campus, to ‘put the science on show’, nurture the entrepreneurial strengths of the Cambridge Cluster”.

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“The West Hub is a vital milestone towards supporting an impactful innovation district that will help the university to retain its globally competitive position,” said Matt Allen, project director at the University of Cambridge.

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Photographs by Ståle Eriksen, via Jestico + Whiles.


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