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8 March, 2018 - 12:44 By Kate Sweeney

Council backs iconic new office building in Cambridge

Brookgate’s proposal for new office space at 10/20 Station Road in the CB1 business heartland has been backed by the city council and will create more jobs in the technology hub’s city centre.

The building will provide 14,274 sq m of grade A office space, contributing further high-quality workspace for local employers in the Central Business District.

The proposal merges two existing consented buildings to provide larger office space on individual floors to accommodate businesses. The development will enable the largest transformation yet along Station Road, Cambridge.

Sven Topel, chief executive at Brookgate, said: “Getting the green light for the development of 10/20 Station Road is immensely positive for the CB1 estate and wider Cambridge. 

“The scheme will deliver much in demand office accommodation in this highly connected part of Cambridge, acting to further support businesses and employment in the city. The building is also the anchor for the expansion of green public spaces along this stretch of Station Road.”

Designed by architects Perkins + Will, the new building will consist of six storeys of office space and ancillary accommodation totalling 7,421 sq m. 10/20 Station Road will add to the growing cluster of modern, spacious offices across the CB1 development such as One Station Square, completed by Brookgate in early 2017, where Amazon, Carter Jonas, Deloitte and Thales have moved in.

The building’s basement will provide shower and changing facilities and storage areas, and 98 car parking spaces (including five disabled spaces) for those that work in the premises.
 
Vehicular access to the car park will be via a double ramp between 20 and 22 Station Road. To encourage and support Cambridge’s cycling culture, the development of 10/20 Station Road will create space for 482 bicycles at ground level.

In line with the original Masterplan for the redevelopment of Station Road, a combination of hard and soft landscaping will be introduced. The ‘linear park’ planned along Station Road will provide a green buffer between road traffic and workplaces and a ‘pocket park’ is proposed to the west, where the building will be set back to make room for this green space. 

The corner of the building will curve towards the entrance of the pocket park, opening up pedestrian access whilst allowing light and views for the occupants.

10/20 Station Road replaces the now dated office buildings at Jupiter and Leda Houses and is well connected to Cambridge bus routes and a short walk from the train station. 

This development will be a valuable addition to CB1; attracting business, supporting new jobs, and introducing a safe pedestrian environment between the train station and the city centre.

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