Scott Brownrigg’s design for over 500,000 sq ft of speculative office and laboratory buildings for Abstract (Cambridge) Limited has been submitted for planning.
The joint acquisition of the15.26 acres (6.177ha) site at Fulbourn Road Cambridge with Cambridge College, Peterhouse will provide 520,000 net ft² of laboratory and office space, aimed at life sciences, biotechnology and more traditional office occupiers. To be known as Cambridge International Technology Park, the buildings will be capable of being occupied by a variety of users for multi or single occupation, and once completed the development should have a value between £400m and £500m.
With a highly sustainable and environment focused approach, the Park will provide flexible space suitable for a range of end user needs, particularly important given the diverse range of target occupiers in the Cambridge market.
The Campus is centered around a new approach to outdoor collaborative workspace; a series of landscaped terraces, platforms and gardens are designed to be fully accessible to all. Anticipating the benefits of 5G and mobile technology, the new outdoor workspace includes protective covered areas to encourage people to work wherever they like, bringing the indoors out.
Combining energy efficient buildings with a flexible office and laboratory use, Cambridge International Technology Park will be an exemplar Science Hub in Southern Cambridge, reinforcing the region’s status as a world-leading centre for research and development. The project represents a major investment by Abstract in the Cambridge office market where supply constraints, coupled with demand, especially from life sciences, biotechnology and other more traditional office users, remains high.
The appointment for Scott Brownrigg follows the successful completion of projects in Cambridge, including a silicon-inspired headquarters for technology company, Arm, and the Bio-Hub at Cambridge Science Park. Construction is also currently underway for the Scott Brownrigg-designed Plot 1 – 21 Cambridge Science Park.
Ed Hayden, Director, Scott Brownrigg said:
“Creating this new park is a really exciting opportunity to build upon the successful history of the technology in Cambridge, and we are really thrilled to be designing the next generation of sustainable workplaces to support the growth of world leading creativity in Cambridge.”
Mark Glatman, Chief Executive of Abstract, said:
“We are excited to be developing in Cambridge. This is a unique market and the opportunity to create Cambridge International Technology Park, the largest new science destination in the City for many years, will help harness growth and investment into science and knowledge-based businesses, appealing to those companies looking to expand and grow organically as well as companies looking to upgrade from dated first generation space in the City”.
With the planning application now submitted, the focus will be to mobilise the construction team as soon as consent is given.