The CB1 development is an ambitious £725m project aiming to renovate the area surrounding Cambridge’s central railway station to create a new and iconic gateway to the city. The scheme has seen it fair share of criticism, most notably receiving a significant slamming courtesy of Oliver Wainwright and The Guardian back in June, yet this doesn’t seem to have deterred the developers from pressing forward with the project.

This determination to proceed is evidenced by a recently submitted planning application for a large new six-storey office block intended to replace two existing building on the site at 10 and 20 Station Road, namely Jupiter and Leda House. The aim is to create a single property with larger floor spaces in the hope of encouraging big companies to remain within the city.

An artist's impression of how the proposed new building may look   - Img: Cambridge News
Alongside the building itself - which will comprise 14,274m2 of office space in addition to a large basement providing a further 3,322m2 of space - the development would also see the creation of 98 car parking spaces, 482 cycle parking spaces, and a small, publicly accessible park known as a “pocket park”. However the developers remain insistent that the primary appeal of the new premises will be the availability of larger floor spaces for individual companies, which they assert will be crucial if the city is to retain big companies like Amazon, Arm, and Deloitte, among others.

A design access statement submitted alongside the application further enforces this claim, reading as follows:

“There is a demand in Cambridge for buildings with a larger floor plate. That has been demonstrated by One The Square and 50/60 Station Road; which has floor plates of up to 26,000 sq ft.

“There are numbers of occupiers like Amazon, Arm and Deloitte who want larger floor plates, particularly in locations close to the city and with good transport connections. Presumably Cambridge also wishes to retain these companies and the employment that they provide.

“The proposal is to combine 10 and 20 Station Road to provide these larger floor plates.

"Overall the buildings have increased in area marginally. However due to the introduction of double height entrances, side atria and more significant set-backs within the central part of the new building the increase in area overall is not dramatic.”

Sam Bonson

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