1.6 mILLION sq ft
CB1 Masterplan

for Brookgate

The redevelopment of the area around Cambridge City station is known as CB1 and is the 1.6 million sq ft masterplan vision that Lord Rogers had for creating a new quarter around the historic station.

What we did

  • Prepared a planning strategy to overcome 26 reasons for refusal of previous scheme (by others).

  • Submitted outline application and accompanying Environmental Impact Assessment for 1.6 million sq. ft. development.

  • Negotiated with all key stakeholders including City and County Council , English Heritage (as it was), rail industry, taxi industry, heritage and residents groups and local residents.

  • Submitted all reserved matters, detailed applications and certificates of lawfulness for all subsequent phases.

  • Ongoing advice on final phases of masterplan.

  • Extensive discussion on complex S106 agreement with a value of £26m.

  • Viability advice on affordable housing.


  • Since securing outline planning permission in 2010, the following has been delivered - 1,000 student bedrooms, 300 apartments around two new park, a new HQ for Microsoft Research, a 140,000 sq ft speculative office building, a 231 key hotel, a 3000 space covered cycle park, a 60,000 HQ building for Mott Macdonald, a new major public square with transport interchange and 20,000 sq ft of high quality retail. In addition detailed planning permission has been granted for 400,000 sq ft of B1 in four buildings along station road. The design has remained faithful Lord Rogers’ original vision.

  • Exemplar development in English Heritage ‘constructive conservation’ publication.


Once the CB1 scheme is complete, Cambridge station will once again perform its intended role as a fitting gateway to a city noted for its historic architecture, its world-leading university, its renowned research institutions and the thriving hightech businesses that are increasingly attracted to the city and its hinterland.

Sven Topel, Chief Executive, Brookgate


600k sq ft

of commercial floor space


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