CBC Public Art Strategy

Completed: 2014 Client: Countryside, Liberty Property Trust Artist: Ryan Gander
Partners: Cambridge, Gillespies, Healthcare Location: Cambridge Biomedical Campus
Services: Cultural Placemaking, Healthcare

Cambridge Biomedical Campus is one of the worlds’ leading healthcare and biomedical research centres, a 70 acre campus; that is home to 18,000 patients, doctors, nurses, scientists, support staff and visitors. In 1999, Addenbrooke’s Hospital (now part of Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust), the University of Cambridge and the Medical Research Council, created a masterplan for the expansion of the hospital site called the 2020 Vision. This included the development of a further 90 acres to enhance existing on-site activities as well creating space for commercial organisations. Joining the multitude of campus organisations will be the New Papworth Hospital and Astra Zeneca’s new Global R&D Centre and Corporate Headquarters.

Futurecity wrote the campus expansion land Public Art Strategy. Approved by Cambridge City Council in March 2011, the Strategy is delivering a landmark art and architecture project to design the campus’ new 20,000sq.m. Circus and Piazza central public realm, alongside a major campus wide artist in residency programme, that will see international artists working alongside science and healthcare professionals from 2015-2020.

Artist Ryan Gander won an international art competition to lead the public realm design. His radical approach, which combined landscape, sculpture, events and street furniture, flipped the entire public realm from grey to green; a poetic new space for healing, escape, time out, recreation and exchange.

Artists Publicworks and 30Bird are the first CBC artists-in-residence, working through 2016 and early 17 alongside staff at the Medical Research Councils Laboratory of Molecular Biology, which opened on the campus in 2013 to house 440 scientists and 160 support staff.

"(Futurecity) have taken a holistic view of the scheme and the way in which contemporary public arts and culture can significantly contribute to the vision and values"

Andrew Blevins | Liberty Property Trust UK Limited


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