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New road drives Cambridge to top spot for biomedical research

02 December 2013
A new road opened today on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus marking another milestone in transforming the Addenbrooke’s site into the world’s leading centre for biomedical research, education and patient care.

The link road connects the Addenbrooke’s Road to the southern side of the hospital opposite the £30 million Rosie extension, facilitating an improved flow of traffic around the campus. The new road will also serve the 1200-space multi-story car park, currently under construction, and further important developments on the site in the future.

Dame Mary ArcherThe new road is called Dame Mary Archer Way in recognition of the achievements of the former chairman.

Dame Mary cut the ribbon to formally open the road, accompanied by her husband Jeffery Archer. Present at the event were Jane Ramsey, CUH chairman, Dr Keith McNeil, CUH chief executive and representatives from organisations located on the campus and from the surrounding area.

The ceremony was organised by Liberty Property Trust and Countryside Properties, the developers undertaking the commercial expansion of the Biomedical Campus. This includes major upgrades to the transport infrastructure in addition to research laboratories and offices for companies moving to the campus.

Jane Ramsey, CUH chair, said:

“I am very pleased to recognise Mary’s achievements by naming this road after her. The road is a key part of the infrastructure required to support the new developments that will be built here in the next few years, including AstraZeneca’s global HQ and research laboratories, the Forum and Papworth Hospital. With these exciting developments we aim to lead the world in biomedical research and innovation, and drive improvements in patient care.”

Dame Mary Archer said: “I am delighted that my successor Jane is driving forward the development of the campus for the benefit of patients, the city of Cambridge and the UK economy. It is exciting and rewarding to see the campus masterplan becoming a reality and I am enormously honoured to have a road on the campus named after me.”

Andrew Blevins, managing director of Liberty Property Trust UK, said:” With our partners at Countryside Properties, we are committed to creating the optimum environment for the research scientists, businesses and healthcare professionals who work on the campus as well as patients and visitors, and fundamental to that is the provision of new and improved infrastructure.”

The developers and their professional team, led by Tamdown Construction, were responsible for building the new road, the cost of which was financed by the developers.