Planning permission achieved on the development of Cambridge Biomedical

Forum Cambridge LLP, a joint venture between Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CUH) and John Laing, is pleased to announce that Cambridge City Council resolved on 30 April to grant planning permission to develop The Forum Cambridge, a 360,000sq ft facility on the Addenbrooke’s site, at the heart of the Cambridge Biomedical Campus (CBC).

The Forum, which will be designed by global architecture practice NBBJ, will bring together under one roof a post-graduate medical education centre; 90 bed private hospital operated by Ramsay Healthcare; a 198 bed Crowne Plaza Hotel; a 900 delegate conference centre; and supporting social accommodation. By combining these functions in one place, CBC users will have access to a social hub to encourage interaction between academics and CUH staff, grow Cambridge’s reputation as an international venue for biomedical conferences, training and specialist healthcare and create income for NHS services at CUH.

Dr Keith McNeil, chief executive of CUH, said:

“Achieving planning permission is a key step in bringing better treatments to patients. It will provide a fantastic opportunity for research professionals and clinicians from Cambridge and around the globe to work closely together on new research and practices in healthcare. The addition of a new post-graduate education centre, hotel and conference centre and other facilities will further cement our reputation as one of the world’s leading medical cities.”

Peter Ward, Director of Healthcare Projects at John Laing and partner in Forum Cambridge LLP, said:

“We are delighted that our collaborative and innovative approach to the design of The Forum has been recognised and are very grateful for all the support we have received from Trust staff, the council and members of the public. The different elements of the project have been designed to work efficiently with each other and remove barriers to collaboration. By co-locating, co-operating and sharing resources and expertise, all the parts of the development will come together in a ‘Forum’ where leading clinicians and academics work together to set new standards of excellence and innovation in healthcare. We now look forward to bringing our designs to life in the next phase of delivering this groundbreaking project.”

The funding for the £120 million infrastructure project will be arranged entirely by John Laing. It is the first major project of its kind in the National Health Service (NHS). CUH will receive an annual income and a share of the profits over the life of the project, all of which will go to supporting and enhancing the delivery of patient care at Addenbrooke’s and the Rosie hospitals.

Construction of the development will be carried out by Laing O’Rourke and it is planned that the private hospital will be run by Ramsay Health Care UK. The postgraduate medical education centre will be managed by CUH. The development will create over 300 construction jobs and more than 500 people will be employed in the completed facility.