Cambridge University development: Work starts on £1bn scheme

New building at Cambridge University
Image caption Staff, architects and local authority members at the ground breaking ceremony on the site

Work has started on a £1bn project for new research facilities and accommodation at Cambridge University.

It was hailed by Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz as the largest single capital development in the university's 800-year history.

"It will provide the environment and facilities vital to attracting world-class researchers," he said.

The development will have 3,000 homes with 50% for key workers, university and college staff.

Another 2,000 bed spaces will be provided for post-graduate students, with a local centre and public amenities.

Phase one of the development is expected to cost some £280m with the scheme in its entirety estimated to cost £1bn, Sir Leszek said.

The first buildings in phase one will be completed from late 2015.

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