Apple’s new Cambridge city research HQ ready to roll
US tech giant Apple can soon move its local workforce into a stunning new office & research flagship at 30 Station Road in the heart of Cambridge.
The company decided on the move in 2019 having filled its current 90 Hills Road facility soon after taking occupation in October 2015.
That followed the acquisition of Cambridge startup VocalIQ to enhance Apple’s then ailing Siri – the company’s voice-controlled personal assistant.
Expect some major recruitment to be unveiled by Apple to accompany the new Station Road move. And don’t be surprised if more than a few ex-Arm employees shuffle across the city to pluck new jobs in the Apple engineering ‘orchard.’
Business Weekly flagged up Apple’s intentions for the new CB1 base in 2019 and developer Brookgate has now pretty much completed the fully pre-let 79,000 sq ft building which has capacity for 900 people. Interior fit-out works are underway and expected to complete by September.
The Station Road flagship further enhances a host of high-quality buildings in the mixed-use CB1 development, which has seen international employers and brands such as Amazon, Microsoft, Samsung and WeWork choose to locate and grow in Cambridge.
The new building is expected to achieve a BREEAM rating of Excellent for sustainability. Brown and green roofs will provide habitats for bats, kestrels and a number of other species, while enhanced cycle facilities will provide 302 cycle parking spaces.
Designed by architecture and design practice tp bennett, the contemporary building is described as a ‘cube within a cube’, mediating between the scale and materiality of the neighbouring buildings.
Seven floors of Grade A flexible office accommodation have been designed for modern ways of working.
The development includes a new public realm at ground level that will form part of a landscaped ‘linear park’ to extend almost the entire length of Station Road on its southern side, which will be completed with the construction of 10 & 20 Station Road.
In addition, the building façade is part of an art lighting installation that will further connect this run of buildings along Station Road.
30 Station Road echoes the material palette of the series of high-quality office buildings Brookgate has delivered on Station Road, each with its own character, while respecting the architecture of the entire street.
Alongside the office space, 30 Station Road provides a basement car park for 51 vehicles including 10 electrical charging ports.
Aviva Investors, the global asset management business of Aviva plc, jointly-funded the scheme with the Public Sector Pension Investment Board – one of Canada's largest pension investment managers.
Sven Topel, chief executive at Brookgate, said: “The completion of 30 Station Road is an important moment in the delivery of the Central Business District for Cambridge.
“CB1 has grown into an undisputed destination for research, tech and professional service companies in the heart of the city, with 30 Station Road set to welcome another global name to the Estate, further establishing the development’s position as a hub for world-leading employers.”