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The Forum, Cambridge

On 30 April 2014, Cambridge City Council resolved to grant planning permission to develop The Forum Cambridge, a 360,000sq ft facility on the Addenbrooke’s site, at the heart of the Cambridge Biomedical Campus (CBC). The Forum Cambridge will be delivered by Forum Cambridge LLP, a joint venture between Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CUH) and John Laing.


The Forum, which will be designed by global architecture practice NBBJ, will bring together under one roof a post-graduate medical education centre; 90 bed private hospital operated by Ramsay Healthcare; a 198 bed Crowne Plaza Hotel; a 900 delegate conference centre; and supporting social accommodation. By combining these functions in one place, CBC users will have access to a social hub to encourage interaction between academics and CUH staff, grow Cambridge’s reputation as an international venue for biomedical conferences, training and specialist healthcare and create income for NHS services at CUH.


The funding for the £120 million infrastructure project will be arranged entirely by John Laing. It is the first major project of its kind in the National Health Service (NHS). CUH will receive an annual income and a share of the profits over the life of the project, all of which will go to supporting and enhancing the delivery of patient care at Addenbrooke’s and the Rosie hospitals.

Construction of the development will be carried out by Laing O’Rourke and it is planned that the private hospital will be run by Ramsay Health Care UK. The postgraduate medical education centre will be managed by CUH. The development will create over 300 construction jobs and more than 500 people will be employed in the completed facility.

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The Forum, Cambridge