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How a new hotel and McMullen pub in Cambourne would look


By Adrian Curtis


An artists impression of the Princess Elizabeth pub proposed for Cambourne
An artists impression of the Princess Elizabeth pub proposed for Cambourne

Developers have unveiled plans for the 144-bed hotel and separate pub restaurant

How the Cambourne hotel would look
How the Cambourne hotel would look

Plans for a new 144-bed hotel and separate pub restaurant in Cambourne have been unveiled by developers.

ICA Architects in Glasgow have submitted the plans which are aimed at transforming 0.8 hectares of vacant land between Back Lane and De La Warr Way.

The pub restaurant, which is named ‘the Princess Elizabeth’ in planning documents, will be next to Lambert Lake and linked to the hotel by a pedestrian walkway.

The developers want to bring business and leisure users into Cambourne and the project will also include new landscaping around the building, alongside car and cycle parking spaces.

Another view of the proposed Cambourne pub, which would be run by McMullen
Another view of the proposed Cambourne pub, which would be run by McMullen

A ‘carved oak totem’ will signpost the site, and a sun terrace, lawn and patio areas are envisaged.

Hertford-based McMullen, which also owns Baroosh in Cambridge as well as the Jolly Postie in Royston, is a family-run business with more than 190 years of brewing experience.

Proposals for the three to four-storey hotel include a 24-hour manned reception, a bar and snack zone, breakfast area and fitness suite.

The ground floor will feature 18 bedrooms, the first and second floors will have 54 rooms each and the third floor will hold a further 18 rooms. Car parking spaces will also be provided on the site.

Cambourne overview of hotel development
Cambourne overview of hotel development

Both restaurant and hotel will be accessible by foot via a newly-formed junction on Back Lane.

ICA Architects submitted the plans to South Cambridgeshire District Council and they are currently involved in public consultation.

If approved, SBH Cambourne Ltd will develop the hotel and McMullen will bring forward the pub restaurant scheme on the ‘Gateway’ site.

Cambourne currently has one pub, the Monkfield Arms on Monkfield Lane, and one four-star hotel, The Cambridge Belfry, off Back Lane. The 120-bedroom hotel was sold to new owners LXi Reit Advisors Ltd last year, but it continues to be operated by QHotels.



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