Projects > John Bradfield Centre

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  • Cambridge
  • Client: Trinity College Cambridge / Bidwells
  • Size: 5165sqm / 55,600sqft
  • Services: Architecture

Commissioned by Park owner Trinity College, the John Bradfield Centre is named after the biologist, entrepreneur and former senior bursar who founded Cambridge Science Park, the first Science Park in Europe. The project has received £4.5m government funding by the Department of Business, Innovation & Skills, as part of its pledge to invest in the UK’s Life Science industry.

The new hub sets a benchmark for the design of future developments in the Park. Conceived as a key building at the heart of the scheme, the facility will function as a vibrant centre for research and development and offers incubator space for early stage businesses. It will become the natural meeting point for those active in technology, innovation and entrepreneurship in Cambridge.

Our crescent-shaped design is inspired by the sinuous landform of its lakeside setting. The main entrance is animated by a social hub, including café, breakout areas and meeting rooms, as well as spaces for team working giving a dynamic open working environment that encourages collaboration and creative thinking. A triple-height atrium maximises internal connectivity and views towards the lake allow an abundance of daylight into the building. Upper floors can be configured as open or cellular spaces to suit tenant businesses.

External materials express the building’s sinuous form using simple full-height vertical aluminium cladding and floor to ceiling windows. The building is designed to achieve BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating. The project was joint winner of the Large Building Category at the 2017 Cambridge Forum for the Construction Industry (CFCI) Design and Construction Awards, and was shortlisted in the 2018 BCO Regional Awards and the 2018 Office Agents Society Development Awards.

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