A man-made lake and rich landscape ecology sits at the heart of Waterbeach, a former RAF airfield and barracks four miles north of Cambridge. It is the legacy of the Royal Engineers, who lived and carried out manoeuvres on the 300 hectare site. Urban&Civic have been appointed by DIO to develop the project, working with Fletcher Priest to lead the masterplan team for a site that will grow to form a new community with a potential 6,500 homes and supporting civic, educational, commercial and recreational facilities, exploiting the extraordinary success and growth of the Cambridge knowledge economy. The design team includes David Lock Associates (planning), BMD (landscape), Peter Brett Associates (infrastructure) and Aecom (costs) together with detailed design work from John Thompson and Partners and Mole Architects. As Nigel Hugill of Urban and Civic has said: "Waterbeach represents properly joined-up national thinking – public brownfield land being released by a major Government ministry for value-enhancing development that anticipates and facilitates change in one of the most innovative and creative economic areas on the planet whilst returning substantial proceeds to the taxpayer."