Brookgate finalist in planning awards for CB1 Masterplan

09:09 17 February 2017

CB1 AVIVA Office block impression

CB1 AVIVA Office block impression

2011 Grimshaw Architects

The CB1 Masterplan is a finalist in the ‘Excellence in planning to create economically successful places’ category for the Royal Town Planning Institute’s (RTPI) Awards.

The RTPI Awards are the most established and respected awards in the UK planning industry. Running for 40 years, they celebrate exceptional examples of planning and the contribution planners make to society.

CB1 is Brookgate’s new city quarter being developed around Cambridge station that has attracted Microsoft Research and Amazon to the area.

The approved scheme comprises the comprehensive redevelopment of the area surrounding Cambridge railway station, a Grade II Listed building, and the regeneration of approximately 9.9 hectares of brownfield land in this highly sustainable location, through the Lord Richard Rogers designed Masterplan.

Mike Derbyshire, head of planning at Bidwells, said: “We are absolutely delighted that this innovative and bold development has been shortlisted for these prestigious Planning Awards. It has been an honour to work with so many talented organisations who have helped to make the masterplan become a reality. Walking through CB1 now, it is a bustling hive of people and a stunning gateway to the city of Cambridge.”

Other schemes shortlisted in the category include the Francis Crick Institute, the Bloomberg Development and the West Croydon Interchange Masterplan.

Stephen Wilkinson, President of the Royal Town Planning Institute said: “The finalists represent some outstanding contributions to planning which are making a positive impact for the community and environment. The judges will find it difficult choosing the winners given the high calibre of entries this year.”

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