Cambridge is known worldwide for its dynamic businesses and brilliant people. Not only does it boast some of the UK’s best science, business and research clusters, it’s also highly innovative, with more patents per head than the next five most innovative cities combined.


CB1 is the vibrant new city quarter created by Brookgate's comprehensive redevelopment of the area surrounding Cambridge railway station, and the regeneration of approximately 9.9 hectares of brownfield land in this highly sustainable location, through the Lord Richard Rogers' designed masterplan.

So, when Brookgate asked us to work alongside them to provide a significant boost to Cambridge’s economy by attracting leading, high-growth businesses, while complimenting the historic and architectural uniqueness of the city, we jumped at the chance.

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, world-leading university, renowned research institutions and the thriving high-tech businesses that are increasingly attracted to the city and its hinterland.

Sven Topel, Chief Executive, Brookgate

We prepared a planning strategy to help overcome 26 reasons for refusal from a previously rejected scheme. We’ve since helped deliver 53,294 sq m of quality office space, a 5,255 sq m retail and restaurant quarter, 331 residential units, a 231 room hotel, 1,250 student rooms, and a 2,800 space multi-level cycle park.

We’ve also sourced funding of £316 million and delivered a number of major occupiers to the scheme. At Amazon, the world’s best voice controlled digital assistant, Alexa, is being developed, and the brightest minds from the likes of Microsoft, Deloitte, and Thales are mingling for lunch in Wasabi, enjoying a drink after work in the new Young & Co pub or getting some much needed rest at the latest Accor hotel.

At Bidwells, we provide expert advice in three specialist areas in London: planning and heritage, science and technology, and culture, education and entertainment.



Amount of funding sourced to help deliver the CB1 Cambridge scheme


Reasons for refusal our planning strategy overcame


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