Building Control Building Control

Case studies:

North West Cambridge Development

North West Cambridge Development - Phase One








North West Cambridge Development is a £1 billion multi-phased capital development. It is the largest single capital project that the University of Cambridge has undertaken in its 800-year history, and aims to assist in meeting the long-term growth needs of the world-class institution. The mixed-use development combines over 3000 dwellings, academic and research facilities, a local centre and public amenities, as well as site infrastructure and open green spaces.

The site makes use of innovative water management, energy and waste systems and the build infrastructure is designed to encourage highly sustainable living. Phase One is due for completion in spring 2017 and will include 1,100 homes and community facilities, including the University of Cambridge Primary School, community centre, supermarket, GP surgery, energy centre and district heating network, as well as a public realm.

The scheme has been designed to reduce private vehicle use, and includes new footpaths and cycle paths which connect to the existing city infrastructure. The Cambridge Cycle Guide has informed the cycle storage provision for the dwellings, which requires one cycle space for every bedroom, and provision for commercial buildings.

Key features

Fabric first approach to CfSH 4, with minimal renewable technology.

  • Energy: District CHP and Energy Centre. Extensive photovoltaic panels.
  • Water: Site wide storm water collection is treated to near potable quality and used for WC flushing and irrigation. This is the largest rainwater recycling system in the country. This assists the dwellings to achieve 80 l/p/d potable quality water consumption target.
  • AcousticsLandscaping and building attenuation measures to address noise from nearby M11.
  • Drainage: Site wide infrastructure, including balancing lagoons to the Western edge.
  • Waste: Communal underground bins for recycling and waste for domestic use. Communal composting facilities for every Lot.
  • Ecology: Some 2000 trees, plants and brambles will be planted in the first phase of the development.
  • Contractor: Principal contractors are required to achieve significantly beyond best practice under CCS, and monitor construction consumption on site, as well as adopting best practice policy for air and water pollution.


NHBC were appointed by the University in September 2012 to provide consultancy and certification services to meet planning requirements of BREEAM Excellent and Code for Sustainable Homes Level 5 for Phase One.

We consider ourselves part of the team and have a proactive approach with the Architects, Contractors and other consultants. For further details of our involvement please see the individual case study for the dwellings and BREEAM buildings.


Other case studies

North West Cambridge Development

North West Cambridge Development, Phase One (Dwellings)

Read on to find out more

North West Cambridge Development

North West Cambridge Development, Lot 6

Read on to find out more

Hookstone Chase

Arncliffe Homes, Harrogate

Read on to find out more

Anglia Ruskin University

Mulalley, Cambridge

Read on to find out more

Livity School

Mulalley, London

Read on to find out more

What to do next

For more information or technical support, you can call give us a call or send us an email.