PBA has been the strategic planning adviser to Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust since 2000.
When the trust wanted to undertake a major expansion to deliver the largest biomedical campus in Europe, PBA prepared a planning strategy for the release of green belt land, embedded the expansion in regional and local plan policy and prepared the outline masterplan.
Since 2010, PBA has obtained planning consents for a range of developments related to the expansion including an Energy Innovation Centre (EIC), which converts waste into energy to halve the trust's energy costs. For the EIC, PBA led the pre-application work for the project, providing planning and Environmental Impact Assessment advice and co-ordination.
In 2016, PBA was commissioned by Cambridgeshire County Council to provide an evidence base in support of site promotion for further expansion, demonstrating deliverability for a new site south of the Bio-Medical Campus at Addenbrooke's, Cambridge.
A key concern of the planning authority and local residents was surface water flood risk and the potential impact on the nearby Nine Wells Nature Reserve. PBA carried out extensive overland flow modelling and a ground conditions baseline study, demonstrating that surface water and groundwater from the proposed site is unlikely to have an impact on the reserve.