Education & Science

The Wellcome Trust Genome Campus, Cambridgeshire

Client: The Wellcome Trust

The Wellcome Trust Genome Campus at Hinxton Hall is the largest genetics research unit in Europe, situated in 55 acres of historic parkland near Cambridge. RMA has been involved in the development of this significant campus over a number of years, and in various capacities.

The practice was first engaged to prepare a landscape masterplan to integrate new research and conference buildings into the grounds surrounding the Grade II* listed Hinxton Hall. This involved the restoration of the 19th century parkland and lakes, woodland shelterbelts and pleasure grounds, and the construction of a new balancing lake and cricket pitch, as well as the design of a contemporary landscape associated with the new laboratories. We created a number of gardens within the buildings, such as the Sanger Courtyard which was designed as a stylised woodland glade, bringing nature into the ordered laboratory environment.

Most recently, we developed landscape proposals for the new European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI) Technical Hub building (shortlisted for an RIBA Award, 2015). Our design for EBI provides a hierarchy of spaces, including circulation areas, an arrival plaza, informal break-out space and an amphitheatre garden.