UK Research Institute

Cambridge, UK
Appointed by: Multinational Construction Company
Soben prepared the whole-life carbon assessment to support the tendering process for this state-of-the-art research hospital. The specialist cancer research hospital is a partnership between a UK public sector healthcare provider, a public research university and a research institute.

Key statistics

£300 million

Value (approx)

27,060 m2

Project Size (approx)




Project Year

Sustainable shift

Soben played a key role in supporting the delivery of this £300 million project, where clinicians and cancer researchers are co-located with physicists, engineers, mathematicians and computational scientists, to create innovative approaches that will dramatically improve patient care. 

The Soben team prepared the whole-life carbon assessment to support the tendering process for the proposed RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) Stage 3 development. The new development is set to be the first hospital delivered in the East of England as part of the UK Government’s ‘New Hospital Programme’. 

The ‘New Hospital Programme’ was set up in 2020 to build 40 new hospitals in England by 2030. With £3.7 billion in funding to March 2025, more is set to be given to 2030. 


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Sustainable promises delivered

The research institute will be home to some of the largest and most influential international organisations in life sciences. Using real-time data from patients actively receiving treatment, treatment will be personalised and tailored to their DNA.  

After receiving excellent feedback, the client enlisted Soben to assist with the next stage of the development. 

By combining industry-leading carbon insights with experienced cost management, Soben provided practical carbon cost management advice to help the site reach an affordable roadmap to net-zero. 

With an estimated 35 research-related staff expected to work at the centre and another 21 PhD students, a total of 50-60 research staff will work directly in the building. 

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