Long term involvement in major regeneration scheme around Cambridge railway station.


The area around Cambridge Station has long been identified as a major opportunity for regeneration. We initially were part of the team working with Richard Rogers Partnership (later Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners) in producing a masterplan for a mixed use development with transport interchange and new public spaces.

We helped secure approval of the outline planning application and masterplan by advising on heritage issues and producing the Built Heritage and Townscape Chapter of the accompanying Environmental Statement.

Since approval of the masterplan in 2010, we have continued to work with Brookgate advising other developers and architects as individual building plots have been developed. Our role has been to advise on heritage and townscape issues, liaise with the City Council, English Heritage and other groups, produce initial development briefs, produce Heritage Statements and submit listed building consent and (formerly) conservation area consent applications.

Buildings already constructed include the new Microsoft Headquarters (designed by Chetwoods) and student housing for Anglia Ruskin University (designed by tp bennett and including a refurbished former coal wharf manager’s house) whilst the refurbished former Fosters Flour Mill (being converted to apartments) and four blocks of new apartments (designed by PTEa for Hill Residential) near completion. A further student accommodation block designed by Falconer Chester Hall (for Downing) and a new office building by tp bennett is also now on-site.

We have also secured consent for demolition and alterations to enable plans for a new hotel and 3,000-plus space cycle park, new office, retail building and a new larger landscaped station square to be realised. Work should begin on site in Autumn 2014.

In late 2013 we gave expert witness evidence at the Public Inquiry to determine an application for a major office building by Grimshaws. The Planning Inspector upheld all the appeals and granted consent for the demolition of the Victorian terrace on the site and its replacement with the new office building. He accepted our conclusion that whilst the Victorian terrace did make a positive contribution to the character of the conservation area, it was not ‘so great that consent for demolition should be withheld in the face of an acceptable redevelopment scheme’.

The development features as a ‘best-practice’ case study in English Heritage’s ‘Constructive Conservation’ document.


Outline planning permission was granted in 2010 and other consents for individual plots have been subsequently approved.

Services providedAdvice   Application   Appeal  
BP teamJon Burgess   Andy Thompson   Jenni Mason  
Project value£850m+
ArchitectChetwoods, PTEa, tp bennett, Proctor Matthews, Formation Architects, Oxford Architects, Pringle Brandon Drew, Grimshaw and Falconer Chester Hall

Masterplanner – Rogers, Stirk Harbour and Partners

Landscape Architect – Robert Myers Association

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