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200,000 sq ft building on Cambridge Science Park granted permission

By Paul Brackley

1-21 Cambridge Science Park has planning permission. Image: Mace Group
1-21 Cambridge Science Park has planning permission. Image: Mace Group

Site will form part of TusPark Cambridge area and is likely to be technology company's HQ or R&D centre

A huge new building for Cambridge Science Park has received planning permission.

The 200,000 sq ft commercial development, which is expected to become the headquarters or research and development centre for a technology company, was approved by South Cambridgeshire District Council and Cambridge City Council after a section 106 agreement was reached.

The plans for building 1-21 were put forward by Mace Group and form part of the £200million investment by the Chinese science park body of Tsinghua University in China.

The development arm of Mace acquired a long leasehold from Trinity College, the park’s owner, for the building, which has been designed by Scott Brownrigg architects and could be completed in 2020.

David Grover, Mace’s chief operating officer for development, said: “I’m pleased that the council has recognised the importance of our scheme to strengthen Cambridge’s premier position as a leader in the technology and bio-science sectors.

“The development will play a major role in building on the ‘Cambridge Phenomenon’.

“Now that planning is secured for the project the development will move into the delivery stage on site, and letting of the space through Savills as our appointed agents.”

Jeanette Walker, director of the Science Park, told the Cambridge Independent: “The planning consent for buildings 1-21 supports the current exciting phase of renewal of the Cambridge Science Park that includes improved outdoor spaces, transport and amenities, as well as the development of state-of-the-art laboratories and offices.”

TusPark’s investment has also paid for the delivery of the new Frontier Developments’ HQ, and is funding the creation of the park’s first Bio-Innovation Centre – recently topped out –and, alongside it, Unit 22, which will become an R&D centre. Both are expected to open next year.

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