As the development of CB1 continues, here is what has been delivered so far – and a flavour of what’s still to come. The CB1 development is directly supporting jobs in Cambridge, with a lot more on the way. The new office buildings constructed so far on the CB1 estate provide more than 350,000 sq ft of new office space. This has created a home for variety of companies generating jobs in Cambridge, including Amazon, Microsoft Research, Deloitte, Carter Jonas, Thales, Mott MacDonald and Birketts.
Cambridge’s entrepreneurs have also benefited from what’s been delivered so far: as part of the first stage of development work the business centre at 20 Station Road has been completely modernised to support start-ups with a comfortable office environment and services such as reception and meeting rooms.
People have also benefited from new homes built within CB1. The works on the CB1 estate have delivered 325 new, good quality homes to date, which include homes built to meet the Local Authority’s requirements to provide affordable housing. In addition, some 1,085 student rooms have been provided.
Green space and cycling
Three main green spaces for the local community and visitors will be central to the development as it continues to be delivered, as well as a variety of other public spaces. Art is also part of CB1 with developers Brookgate and Hill Residential contributing over £1 million to permanent and temporary pieces in the public realm as well an Art Workshop throughout the development period.
For cyclists, meanwhile, CB1 has provided 6,000 bicycle parking spaces, including almost 3,000 in the Cycle Park – and again, there are more spaces to come. Commuters have benefited from the £4.25 million which the CB1 scheme has contributed for improvements to the train station, while financial contributions of over £5 million have also been made to roads, guided bus, primary and secondary education and public open space.
The new speculative office building, 50 & 60 Station Road at CB1 is currently under construction. Totalling 163,000 sq ft, the office scheme forms a key part of the CB1 masterplan and is the largest speculative office building to be developed in Cambridge city centre. As for what is on the way, plans have been submitted to Cambridge City Council for a new, six-storey building at 10/20 Station Road. The plan would provide 155,000 sq ft of office space to attract more employers, a pocket park for the community and a further 482 bicycle parking spaces.
Meanwhile, the next office development is likely to be at 30 Station Road, where a further 93,000 sq ft of space is envisaged, and there are plans for a further 89 residential units with retail on the ground floor on the site of Murdoch House. This scheme will bring about the largest transformation yet, with the opening of the second phase of Station Square, providing a pedestrianised and landscaped area to complement the area for taxis and vehicle drop off, which had to be delivered first, for practical reasons.
The improvements underway across CB1 have already been recognised with more than ten awards. These include a Love Cambridge Award for services to disabled people for our student accommodation buildings Aston House, Bragg House and Crick House and national recognition includes the British Council for Offices’ innovative workplace award for 22 Station Road. There’s much more to come for CB1 – watch this space!
Have your say
The CB1 estate is still being fine-tuned to make sure it works as well as possible for all the different people that come into contact with the estate. Minor works completed recently on Station Square have improved the vehicle exit route while the area to the west of One Station Square has become a new public space and thoroughfare for pedestrians and cyclists.
Workshops have been organised to gather feedback from key stakeholders including students and residents for future improvements. There will be opportunities in the New Year for all residents, students, businesses and others who use CB1 to have their say and hear about progress with initiatives to further build the community at CB1. To get in touch sooner, please email email@example.com