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Overview of the North West Cambridge Development


The University is making a substantial commitment to the postdoctoral community through its investment within the North West Cambridge Development (NWCD). This £1bn multi-phased project will create a new community on the site of the University farm, between Huntingdon Road and Madingley Road. 

The development will ultimately include 3,000 homes, including 1,500 homes for qualifying University and College staff. It is anticipated that most of the new staff homes will be provided for postdoctoral researchers. The first phase of the development is planned to be complete in 2017, and will include 530 homes for staff, shops, a supermarket, hotel, primary school, community centre and nursery. 

This exciting development will have an enormous positive impact on our provision for postdocs, and provide a physical and intellectual focus for the community. The OPdA will have a facility in NWC that will mirror the Postdoc Centre in Mill Lane.


A new school for north Cambridge

The new primary school will be the first building to operate on the North West Cambridge Development. It will be open for admissions to reception, year 1 and year 2 classes in September 2015. If you are a postdoc with school-aged children, visit to request a prospectuses or find out about open days for prospective parents and carers. For general information on schooling in the UK, visit