Cambridge North aims to regenerate the area around Cambridge North Station with a development that takes advantage of its excellent public transport links, cycle and pedestrian routes, business opportunities and green spaces.
The 12.14 hectare (30 acre), mixed-use development will meet the highest design standards and create an exciting and appealing new urban community.
Regeneration projects like Cambridge North are, in part, designed to turn unused land into thriving neighbourhoods. In doing so they can meet the increasing and varied needs of a city’s residents and businesses.
The team of developers, builders, landowners, architects and investors responsible for Cambridge North is working closely with Cambridge City Council, South Cambridge District Council and local planners. Together, they’re creating a masterplan that not only aims to improve the area considerably, but also works hard to benefit people who live and work in the area.
Employment opportunities in Cambridge are undoubtedly among the best in the country, but sometimes it’s hard to get a foot in the door. The Cambridge North development team plans to generate opportunities for local people through specially designed outreach programmes. These could include careers presentations in neighbouring schools, and will also encourage companies setting up within Cambridge North to employ or create apprenticeship positions for local people.
Cambridge’s population is growing fast and the city needs space to accommodate this growth, but not at the expense of the environment. The development team is working on a ‘Green Agenda’ - a plan that prioritises air quality. This aims to help Cambridge meet its targets for cleaner air and reduced traffic congestion faster, and provide residents with a healthier quality of life.
The state-of-the-art buildings and facilities, green spaces and landscaping are all designed to provide a more stimulating environment. But they’re also created to complement their surroundings and reflect the beauty of Cambridge’s parks and architecture. Cambridge traditions will be particularly evident in the development’s homes which will be constructed with materials such as brick and featuring natural stone window sills and reveals.
The site, known as Chesterton Sidings, was formerly used for railway sidings. The land is little more than industrial wasteland – a derelict area that’s long been an eyesore in the beautiful city of Cambridge. Cambridge North aims to transform this site into an attractive community the city can be proud of.
The population of Cambridge City has risen by more than 10% over the last decade and is expected to rise by 24.5% by 2031. Meanwhile, the South Cambridgeshire population is rising at one of the fastest rates in the country, predicted to increase by around 30% by 2031. This will create strong demand for residential property throughout the area. Cambridge North will provide homes, places of work and amenities for this growing population.
Cambridge is renowned worldwide for its history, listed architecture and cultural appeal. As such, it’s one of the UK’s principal tourist locations, generating around £583m of revenue for the local economy. Tourism provides 17% of local employment and the city attracts 5.3 million visitors each year, many of whom stay overnight. Cambridge North will provide a much needed 4-star hotel for tourists and visitors to the region.
Situated adjacent to the northern cluster of high-tech, research and innovation companies, many of which are based in the Cambridge Science Park, Cambridge North is an important location for the UK’s research and development sector. Its internationally renowned business and science parks have delivered many of the world-changing innovations for which the city is known. Cambridge North will help to attract and retain businesses who are keen to remain close to these key employment areas.
Development will begin with the hotel and offices around Cambridge Square - the public square outside Cambridge North station - during 2018. It’s expected that residential developments will follow, in three phases, over the next few years.
During that time, the Cambridge North team will do all it can to minimise disruption to the community. We hope to make the site a more accessible environment during the building process, and aim to support community-based activities including street-food traders and art events.
Its proximity to excellent public transport options, including the railway station and guided busway, and pedestrian and cycles routes make Cambridge North one of the most sustainable new developments in Cambridge. The new station includes parking for 1,000 bicycles, and a number of new cycle links to connect into the extensive cycle network in the wider area have been proposed as part of the Greater Cambridge Partnership. These initiatives reflect the city’s move towards a lower reliance in cars and subsequent improvements in air quality.
The growing population is placing increasing pressure on the city. In line with its Green Agenda, the Cambridge North team, working with local government, aims to help Cambridge prepare for a more sustainable future. The development’s new homes, jobs, shops and amenities will support this growth while remaining easily accessible by alternative modes of transport. It’s expected to relieve congestion in other areas of the city and help Cambridge lower its carbon footprint.
The buildings in Cambridge North will also be completed to the highest specifications in terms of eco-design. Environmentally friendly features will ensure that all its buildings go the extra mile towards energy efficiency.