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8 August 2018

Open Eddington 2018

Open Cambridge 2018 highlights the new Storey’s Field Centre at Eddington

  • The Stirling Prize shortlisted building, Storey’s Field Centre & Eddington Nursery, will be open for tours by the architects MUMA as part of Open Cambridge 2018.
  • Over 25 different events showcasing Eddington, Cambridge’s new district in the City, will make up Open Eddington exploring the ethos of architecture and sustainability which sit at the heart of the development.

This year’s Open Cambridge weekend will once again showcase Cambridge’s new district, Eddington.  The day includes over 25 different events led by the renowned architects, professionals, and development partners who have all contributed to creating Eddington, including architects, MUMA, who designed the RIBA award-winning building, the Storey’s Field Centre and Eddington Nursery.

Eddington is the heart of this new district developed by the University of Cambridge, which has been known as the North West Cambridge Development, and is located between Madingley Road, Huntingdon Road and the M11. There is currently a population of approximately 700 people and when the development is complete it will be home to a community of 8,500 people.

Heather Topel, Project Director of the North West Cambridge Development said: “We are thrilled to offer again a whole day of public activities and events at Eddington that illustrate the depth and breadth of what Eddington has to offer.  Last year’s event saw over 4000 people visit Eddington at our opening event and we hope many of our friends, neighbours and supporters – existing and new – will take the time to join us for this occasion.”


Innovative and unique infrastructure has been integrated across Eddington to help residents lead more sustainable lives. At Open Eddington, there will be a range of events that explain how these various features work.  Visitors can go behind the scenes of the energy centre, see the unique underground waste and recycling system in action, learn about the rainwater harvesting scheme, or go on a walking tour with our project ecologist.  Any or all of these events will open your minds to how sustainability has been considered in planning for the community.

Architecture and Design

Eddington has been designed by some of the best local, national and international architectural practices. Talks and walking tours will be given by Jonathan Rose from AECOM who developed the award-winning masterplan, as well as the principals from the architects who have worked on the scheme including: WilkinsonEyre, Mole, Stanton Williams, Mecanoo, R H Partnership, Marks Barfield, MUMA and Pollard Thomas Edwards.


People can get involved with an archaeological dig with Cambridge Archaeological Unit or enjoy a tea party in the Public Art by the lakes, or generate the energy required to blend your own smoothie using pedal power.
Cycle tours, guided tours from Visit Cambridge and Beyond, and self-guided walking tours will also be available as part of Open Eddington.


The Universal Bus will be operating a free service on Saturday 15 September as part of Open Eddington. On Saturdays the service runs from the railway station to Eddington via the city centre. For more information visit the website.
Eddington is a ten-minute cycle journey from central Cambridge. There will be cycle tours available and downloadable maps for journey planning.

Open Cambridge

Now celebrating its 11th year, Open Cambridge, co-ordinated by the University of Cambridge Public Engagement team, showcases a diverse range of hidden architectural gems and stunning spaces that are normally closed to the public or charge.

Booking information

The Open Cambridge weekend takes place on 14-15 September, with Open Eddington on Saturday 15 September 2018. Details are available here. All events listed as part of Open Eddington are free. Many walking tours require booking to manage the capacity. Bookings for tours and specific activities will be available through the Open Cambridge website


OPEN EDDINGTON EVENT LISTINgs and booking information

The Open Cambridge weekend takes place on 14-15 September, and bookings open at 11am on 13 August. For details visit the website or call 01223 766766.

All events listed as part of Open Eddington are free.


Drop in events

The Underground Waste System at Eddington, 9.30am – 12noon

Dig Eddington’s Roman Past 10am – 4pm

Cambridge Water Rainwater Harvesting Showcase 10am– 4pm

Community Events for the Storey’s Field Centre 10am – 4:30pm

Renewable Technology in Construction by Wates 10am- 3pm

Pedal Power at Eddington 9am-5pm

Self-Guided Tour of Eddington 9.30am – 5pm

foodPark at Eddington 11am – 5pm

Eddington Nursery with Bright Horizons


Pre-bookable tours


Guided tours of Eddington 

10am-11.30am; 12noon-1.30pm; 2pm-3.30pm; 3.30pm-5pm

Cambridge’s First Energy Centre and District Heating Network Tour by Ener-G with Calfordseaden

9am-10am; 11am-12noon; 1pm-2pm

Swirles Court – Student Accommodation at Eddington – Tour by R H Partnership

9.30am – 10.30am; 11am – 12noon; 1pm – 2pm; 3pm – 4pm

Sustainable Apartment Living talk by Pollard Thomas Edwards


Eddington Cycle Tours  

9am – 5pm

Dr Bike at Eddington

9am – 12:30pm; 1pm – 5pm

University of Cambridge Primary School tour by Marks Barfield Architects

11am- 12.30pm; 12:30pm – 2pm

Architectural mixed brief – talk and tour by WilkinsonEyre

11am – 12noon

Creating an Urban Extension – tour by Jonathan Rose from AECOM

11am – 12:30pm; 2pm – 3pm

Courtyards and Communal Identity tour by Mecanoo

12pm – 1pm; 2pm – 3pm

Storey’s Field Centre and Nursery talk and tour by MUMA

10am – 11.30am; 12pm- 1:30pm; 1:30pm -3pm; 3pm – 4:30pm

Ecology at Eddington, tour by Mike Dean, Project Ecologist

1pm – 2:15pm; 2:15pm – 3:15pm; 3:30PM – 4:45PM

Talk and Walking Tour of the key worker homes by Stanton Williams Architects

1pm-2.30pm; 3pm-4.30pm

Architectural walk by Mole Architects

2pm-3pm; 3.30pm-4.30pm

Fata Morgana teahouse: An Afternoon Tea Party exploring the Public Art in the landscape


Eddington market square - the natural meeting point to start your day
People cycling along a path in the countryside of Eddington
Explore Brook Leys - the lakes, pathways and public art
Join one of our numerous tours and talks by the architects and experts
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