Longfellow Launches CamLIFE, Visionary Life Science Campus in Cambridge, UK
Cambridge, UK (October 17, 2023) – Longfellow Real Estate Partners, the largest privately held investor and developer of life science buildings in the US, unveiled the future of CamLIFE, a 42-acre parkland campus delivering high-quality, fitted lab space, curated amenities, and expansive green space in Cambridge.
CamLIFE, which stands for Cambridge Lab and Innovation Focused Environment, builds upon the successful, all-inclusive campuses Longfellow has delivered throughout the United States, following in the footsteps of the likes of Redwood LIFE in the San Francisco Bay Area and Triangle LIFE in the Research Triangle of North Carolina. This first phase of CamLIFE will deliver approximately 170,000 square feet of adaptable, best-in-class, fitted lab space across three buildings with options ranging from 7,000 sq ft suites, to 15,000-20,000 sq ft floors, to whole buildings up to 75,000 sq ft.
The visionary campus occupies an outstanding location in this exciting innovation ecosystem, less than a 12-minute drive / 16-minute cycle ride to each of Cambridge station and Addenbrooke’s Hospital / Cambridge Biomedical Campus (including the new Cambridge South station from 2025) and a 5-minute drive to the A11 (providing easy access to Stansted Airport and onto London).
CamLIFE is well-served by multi-modal connectivity with easy and safe connections for cyclists, scooters, runners as well as direct access by bus and car. Longfellow is focused on supporting sustainable transport solutions with EV charging on-campus, enhanced cycle parking and end-of-journey facilities being delivered as part of the works, and the potential for shuttle services to key locations.
“We have a long track record of working within the world’s leading innovation ecosystems and delivering the space, environment, and support to help research-focused companies thrive,” said Longfellow Managing Director, Alex Wright. “We are delighted to be launching the first phase of CamLIFE and delivering Longfellow’s brand of fitted lab, amenities and customer-focused service to support the amazing talent and companies that call Cambridge home.”
Longfellow’s commitment to sustainable development underpins the environmental ethos, the campus, and its community. The first phase is targeting BREEAM Excellent and EPC A. The adaptive re-use design approach has led to a 40% whole-life embodied carbon reduction relative to a new-build net-zero equivalent. As well as helping to create a more sustainable built environment, CamLIFE will be a place that positively contributes to the health, wellbeing, and productivity of its users.
“This is an exciting moment for Longfellow and life sciences in the UK as we look forward to supporting the ongoing growth of the UK’s incredible science sector,” said Adam Sichol, Co-Founder & CEO of Longfellow Real Estate Partners. “By bringing our expertise of developing and managing state-of-the-art, sustainably focused, and highly amenitized lab space, we are establishing a high-quality portfolio that will help support R&D ecosystems across the UK’s key markets.”
The amenity-rich campus will be supported by Longfellow’s proprietary customer experience platform, ElevateTM, which will build custom programming and on-site offerings to help create and support the campus’ customer community. To complement the pilates studio, childcare nursery, EV chargers, and rotating food truck programme that are already features of CamLIFE, ElevateTM will be expanding the health + wellbeing and food + beverage offerings; introducing shared meeting room, event, and breakout spaces; delivering high quality end-of-journey facilities; and rolling-out event programmes including talks, education & networking events.
Acquired in June 2022, CamLIFE was previously known as Capital Park Cambridge, home to companies from sectors such as tech, agtech, and biotech. The campus is Longfellow’s first acquisition in the United Kingdom, showcasing the firm’s dedication to supporting the visionary companies and world-renowned institutions located throughout the Golden Triangle. Cambridge continues to be one of the leading innovation ecosystems, with the highest proportion per capita of start-ups in the UK.
Longfellow has spearheaded the development of life science clusters throughout the United States. With more than 16.5 million square feet located in key biotech markets, Longfellow continues to partner with and support innovative companies and institutions in the leading metro regions.
For more information on CamLIFE, please visit: https://camlife.co.uk/
About Longfellow Real Estate Partners
Longfellow Real Estate Partners is a real estate investment company founded in Boston, Massachusetts in 2009. With approximately 200 employees in bio-innovation clusters across the US and UK, Longfellow partners with renowned universities and pioneering life sciences and technology companies to help bring visionary ideas to life. Driven by a passion to support those working to advance the human condition, Longfellow continues to grow and expand in the name of scientific progress. For more information, visit https://lfrep.com.
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