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Pictures show what The Grafton in Cambridge will look like after major redevelopment





Pictures released by the developer show what it will be like to walk around The Grafton after its major redevelopment is completed.

Illustrative image of what The Grafton in Cambridge will look like once it is redeveloped Picture: Corstorphine & Wright Ltd/Pioneer
Illustrative image of what The Grafton in Cambridge will look like once it is redeveloped Picture: Corstorphine & Wright Ltd/Pioneer

Cambridge City Council approved plans yesterday (Wednesday, 7 February) to partially demolish the shopping centre and neighbouring Abbeygate House to build new life science laboratories.

Illustrative image of what The Grafton in Cambridge will look like once it is redeveloped Picture: Corstorphine & Wright Ltd/Pioneer
Illustrative image of what The Grafton in Cambridge will look like once it is redeveloped Picture: Corstorphine & Wright Ltd/Pioneer

Some shops will remain in the redeveloped centre, and the developer, Pioneer Group Ltd, has said the shop fronts will be replaced, and a new hotel and gym will also be built.

Illustrative image of what The Grafton in Cambridge will look like once it is redeveloped Picture: Corstorphine & Wright Ltd/Pioneer
Illustrative image of what The Grafton in Cambridge will look like once it is redeveloped Picture: Corstorphine & Wright Ltd/Pioneer

Concerns have been raised about how the new taller buildings will impact the city’s historic skyline, but overall councillors decided the benefits of the redevelopment outweighed the harm.

Illustrative image of what The Grafton in Cambridge will look like once it is redeveloped Picture: Corstorphine & Wright Ltd/Pioneer
Illustrative image of what The Grafton in Cambridge will look like once it is redeveloped Picture: Corstorphine & Wright Ltd/Pioneer

Richard O’Boyle, chief executive of Pioneer Group, told councillors that the new Grafton Centre will provide five times more jobs and said around 60 per cent of the jobs would not need a degree.

Illustrative image of what The Grafton in Cambridge will look like once it is redeveloped Picture: Corstorphine & Wright Ltd/Pioneer
Illustrative image of what The Grafton in Cambridge will look like once it is redeveloped Picture: Corstorphine & Wright Ltd/Pioneer

He said the company was “genuinely excited” about the potential impact the redeveloped Grafton Centre could have on “helping Cambridge city centre evolve for all”.



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