Education Need Study
for Cambridge Urban Expansion

Bidwells researched the need for a primary school as part of the Darwin Green Phase 2&3 development.

 What we did


  • Assessed the quantum of local primary school provision

  • Identified current and future capacity and compared this with projected demand for school places

  • Organised and chaired round table discussions with local headteachers, governors, ward councils and education officers to understand the impact of recent school expansion on other schools’ viability



  • Identified excess capacity in the system calling into question the need for the primary school on the clients’ site

  • Provided evidence to support a S106 agreement that the land be considered for residential use, if demand for education does not materialise

  • Client was happy to have this land use flexibility, without incurring additional planning processes.


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Darwin Green Education need assessment Case Study

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