Plans in for Cambridge North major mixed-use scheme – Construction Enquirer

The development partnership, involving Network Rail, DB Cargo and Brookgate, proposes to build 425 homes and nearly 600,000 sq ft of office, laboratory and retail space on the 17-hectare brownfield site.

Designed by Acme and Make, the Cambridge North scheme is set to create over 2,000 construction jobs during a five-year construction programme.

Aerial view of the site next to Cambridge North railway stations

Plans to transform the site area are already underway, with a 217-bed Novotel opened in May 2021.

A second building, One Cambridge Square with retail space at ground floor and office space above, is due to open in 2023.

Sven Topel, CEO at Brookgate, said: “The next phase of the regeneration of the derelict land surrounding the new Cambridge North railway station will create a new community that will be enjoyed by those that live and work there but also by its neighbours and those that visit.

“The plans respond to a local need for high quality homes and workplaces and will provide a variety of leisure and community facilities and public open spaces to reinvigorate a neglected area.

“This development will create a sustainable, bio-diverse and inclusive community that responds to climate change and environmental challenges.”

Housing planned will provide a mixture of tenures, including 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom homes for sale, shared ownership or affordable rent. 40% of the 155 homes for private sale will be designated as affordable housing.

New public spaces, such as Chesterton Gardens at the heart of the residential quarter, will create a neighbourhood courtyard including children’s play equipment, seating and extensive planting encouraging everyone to use the space.

A new civic space Chesterton Square will provide an active public space and supporting amenities for people to enjoy.