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Addenbrooke's 3

Addenbrooke’s Hospital has stood in its current location, on the south side of Cambridge, for the last 60 years. Prior to this, the original Addenbrooke’s was located in the city centre, on the site of the current Judge Business School.

In the last six decades, the Cambridge Biomedical Campus has grown up around us, and is now Europe’s largest life-sciences campus, with pioneering academic, research and industry partners working alongside world-class NHS hospitals.

Our plans for the third iteration of CUH, known affectionately as Addenbrooke’s 3, place the patient at the heart of everything we do, and set out our plan and vision for the next 60 years here on the campus.

patient talks to CUH staff


We know that partnership working is the way forwards – whether it is with the wider health and social care system across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, with our research and industry colleagues in and around Cambridge, or with our staff, patients and their families.

Addenbrooke’s 3 involves collaboration and innovation in all these realms of partnership, seeking better ways of patient-led care as close to home as possible.

Life science

CUH has always been at the forefront of ground-breaking research into healthcare, and it is our ambition for every patient to be invited to take part in clinical trials. Our plans for future development combine the latest technical and medical advances with the very highest levels of personalised patient care to revolutionise health and wellbeing locally, regionally, and nationally.

CUH has enormous clinical and research capability, but our ability to capitalise on this is severely limited by the state of our facilities, most of which are more than fifty years old and not fit for purpose. The East of England is the only region without a specialist children’s hospital, and one of the very few without a specialist Cancer hospital, meaning we are unable to provide the care patients need in appropriate facilities.

To tackle these issues CUH is working with NHS, academic and industry partners to plan for a hospital of the future - Addenbrooke’s 3 - underpinned by collaboration and innovation, starting with our Cambridge Children’s Hospital (CCH) and Cambridge Cancer Research Hospital (CCRH) projects.


The NHS has committed to halving carbon emissions before 2032 and delivering net zero carbon by 2045. Our vision at CUH is to demonstrate, through action, our leadership locally, regionally and nationally in the delivery of sustainable healthcare across the community.

Whether its implementing innovative new solar energy systems, or ensuring that all Addenbrooke’s 3 new build projects, including the Cambridge Children's Hospital and Cambridge Cancer Research Hospital, fully align with the new NHS Net-zero Carbon Standard, sustainability is central to our strategy.

Our Action 50 Green Plan lays out what will be completed in the opening period of our ten-year programme, promoting environmental sustainability and playing our part in creating a safer and healthier future for everyone.


Addenbrooke's 3 is an ambitious programme for change which stretches beyond hospital to transform healthcare services. Our mission is to work towards a healthier life for everyone, whatever their background, circumstances, mental or physical health status.

Through our close ties with Cambridge University and the life sciences sector we can deliver gold standard evidence-based treatments and care for patients across the East of England region and support the Government’s NHS Long Term Plan (LTP) and UK Life Sciences Vision.

As well as providing excellence for the patients we see today, we will work relentlessly to turn our discoveries into better healthcare for the next generation.

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