[First look] Studio Egret West has revealed plans for an 8,000-seat stadium and ‘sporting village’ in Cambridge
The project for developers Grosvenor and Wrenbridge creates a ‘community stadium’ that will be home to Cambridge United Football Club.
Studio Egret West, which was originally working alongside Dipesh Patel of Pattern (see AJ 02.08.2010), have drawn up proposals which include 6.5 hectares of outdoor pitches, 400 new residential homes, a public square and an eight hectare extension to nearby Trumpington Meadows Country Park.
Grosvenor project director Ed Skeates said: ‘Our vision for the Cambridge Sporting Village is of a new community stadium surrounded by inspirational and accessible sporting facilities for the community.
‘The project will create a business model that will ensure financial stability and secure occupation for all stakeholders and provide a centre for sports education for all ages.’
Wrenbridge director Chris White said: ‘The stadium will provide a stunning architectural gateway to the city and be an inspiration for the local community to get active.
‘There is a clear need for accessible sporting facilities in Cambridge and this is an ideal opportunity to meet this need in a location which offers an abundance of transport options. We are very excited to be part of the Cambridge Sporting Village project.’
David West of Studio Egret West added: ‘The community stadium has been designed as an integrated, mixed use building with use and materiality complimenting both urban and rural aspects. This has led to two unique and responsive elevations. Rather than a stand-alone object building the community stadium will mesh into the surrounding built and natural Cambridge landscape.’