Projects > The Bradfield Centre

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  • Cambridge Science Park
  • Client: Trinity College Cambridge / Bidwells
  • Size: 5,165sqm / 55,600sqft
  • Services: Architecture

Commissioned by Park owner Trinity College, The Bradfield Centre is named after Sir John Bradfield, the biologist, entrepreneur and former senior bursar who founded Cambridge Science Park, the first Science Park in Europe.

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, with team workingspaces 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 rated BREEAM ‘Excellent’, and was joint winner of the Large Building Category at the 2017 Cambridge Forum for the Construction Industry (CFCI) Design and Construction Awards, and shortlisted in the 2018 BCO Regional Awards, and the 2018 Office Agents Society Development Awards.

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 was designed as a vibrant centre for research and development and offers incubator space for early stage businesses; a natural meeting point for those active in technology, innovation and entrepreneurship in Cambridge.

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