Huawei's £1 billion campus in Cambridge gets planning permission

June 29, 2020 //By Peter Clarke
Huawei's £1 billion campus in Cambridge gets planning permission
Plans of communications equipment giant Huawei to spend £1 billion on the first phase of an R&D and manufacturing centre in Cambridge, UK, have been given permission to go ahead by the local authority.

Huawei acquired 500 acres of land in Sawston near Cambridge in 2018 as we reported (see Huawei plans to build chip R&D facility in Cambridge). The plans for the site can now be seen to be major, but are also part of a context in which Huawei is trying to win friends and influence countries not to heed US calls for a boycott of the company.

Huawei states the facility will focus on R&D and manufacturing optoelectronic devices and modules. The plan is for the campus to become the centre of Huawei's international headquarters of Huawei's optoelectronics business.

The plan calls for the construction of 50,000 square meters of facilities across nine acres of land and will directly create around 400 local jobs. The site is located at the former Spicers paper mill and production facility located to the west of Sawston and includes over 50 acres of brownfield land.

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