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Cambridge Completes Phase One of Its £350 Million Eddington Project

Posted by Richard Ward

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The first phase of Cambridge's brand-new building at Eddington has been completed.

Swiles Court is equipped with 325 en-suite rooms and is designed specifically for graduate students. The £26 million development is part of a wider £350 million project, and comes equipped with a 24-hour porters' lodge reception, study area, laundry facilities and shared kitchen.

Students living in the residence will also have access to three landscaped gardens, which have been designed using inspiration from traditional courts in Cambridge colleges.

Swiles Court marks the first phase of the North-West Cambridge development. In addition to student housing, phase one includes 700 'affordable' homes for University staff and 450 homes available to buy on the open market.

The development, located in the triangle between Madingley Road, Huntingdon Road and the M11, is the University's largest single-location investment ever. Work started on the site in 2013, and the University is expected to invest a total of £1 billion upon completion of the entire project.

One of the main goals of the development is to encourage researchers to choose Cambridge over other competing universities, especially those in the United States.

An acute problem facing recruitment of researchers is the lack of affordable housing, with Cambridge reportedly experiencing an increase in house prices of 86% since the financial crises.

It's hoped the new development will go some way in addressing this issue whilst securing the long-term success of the university.