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No 6422

Wednesday 20 April 2016

Vol cxlvi No 27

pp. 463–477


First-stage Report of the Council on the construction of a new Heart and Lung Research Institute on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus

The Council begs leave to report to the University as follows:

1. In this Report the Council is seeking approval in principle for the construction of a new Heart and Lung Research Institute as set out below.

2. The strategy of both the School of Clinical Medicine and Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is to build a Heart and Lung Research Institute (HLRI) on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus alongside the new Papworth Hospital. This initiative has been catalyzed by the relocation of Papworth Hospital, the largest cardiothoracic hospital in the UK, to the Cambridge site. The new Papworth Hospital will open in 2018 and provide 310 beds for 23,700 inpatients and day cases, plus facilities for nearly 65,000 outpatients each year. The HLRI is a joint project between the University and Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust with the University acting as the lead partner for the design and procurement of the building.

3. The HLRI will create a new international centre of excellence for cardiovascular research at the heart of the Cambridge Biomedical Campus, harnessing the combined strengths of Cambridge University Health Partners, and other strategic partners such as the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, the European Bioinformatics Institute, and the Babraham Institute to deliver outstanding basic and translational research in cardiovascular and respiratory health and disease. In addition, the new laboratory will encourage strategic collaboration and the efficient sharing of resources and equipment across 50–60 research groups representing strategic research priorities of the Schools of the Biological Sciences and Clinical Medicine.

4. The HLRI (approximately 7,000m2 gross external area) will be co-located adjacent to the new hospital on a site acquired by Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. It will provide state-of-the-art research laboratories for cell, molecular, and translational research, a ten-bed clinical research facility equipped for ‘first-into-patient studies’, and an administrative hub including a specialized cardiorespiratory R&D unit. A joint University and Hospital lecture theatre, seminar rooms, and education space will also be created.

5. The total cost of the proposed development has been estimated at approximately £57m (excluding land costs). A grant of £10m has been approved in principle by the British Heart Foundation. A grant of £35m will be sought from HEFCE’s UK Research Partnership Infrastructure Fund (UKRPIF) 2018–20. £5m is allocated within the University’s Capital Fund and a further £5m has been allocated by the Papworth Trust. Philanthropic donations totalling £2.5m have been committed to HLRI and other philanthropic and grant funding is being pursued.

6. A report on the project was received by the Planning and Resources Committee at its meeting on 21 October 2015. The Committee noted the estimated cost of £57m and approved the preparation of a First-stage Report and – subject to Regent House approval – submission of a Reserved Matters planning application. Further details relating to the design, maintenance, and recurrent costs, with proposals for funding, will be brought to future meetings of the Buildings Committee and the Planning and Resources Committee. A Full Case will be prepared and a Second-stage Report will be published in due course to seek approval for implementation of the project.

7. A plan showing the location of the proposed building is shown below. Drawings of the proposed development are displayed for the information of the University in the Schools Arcade and are reproduced online at

8. The Council recommends:

I. That approval in principle be given for the construction of a Heart and Lung Research Institute on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus.

II. That the Director of Estate Strategy be authorized to apply for detailed planning approval in due course.

19 April 2016

L. K. Borysiewicz, Vice-Chancellor

David Good

Shirley Pearce

Chad Allen

Nicholas Holmes

Michael Proctor

Ross Anderson

Alice Hutchings

Cornelius Roemer

Richard Anthony

Fiona Karet

John Shakeshaft

Jeremy Caddick

Stuart Laing

Susan Smith

R. Charles

Mark Lewisohn

Sara Weller

Anne Davis

Susan Oosthuizen

I. H. White

Margaret Glendenning

Rachael Padman

Site location plan for proposed new Heart and Lung Research Institute on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus