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Allies and Morrison scoops Cambridge regeneration competition

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Allies and Morrison has been appointed as masterplanners of a new project to help regenerate Cambridge city centre

The architects fought off competition from three finalists - AECOM, John McAslan + Partners and Arup – to win the Cambridge University deal, which will see them develop the historic Old Press/Mill Lane site and improve the frontage of the river Cam.

The area, which comprises two city blocks either side of the Mill, is densely occupied with buildings dating from 16th to 20th century, a number of which are also Grade II-listed, including the university centre dating from 1967 and designed by Howell, Killick, Partridge and Amis.

The masterplan will provide a range of uses, potentially including graduate accommodation, residential, a hotel, food and drink, retail and offices, the university said.

Roger Taylor, director of estate strategy at Cambridge University said: ‘Allies and Morrison have an international reputation for delivering successful masterplans including Kings Cross and the Olympic Park - the university is delighted to be working with them on such an important site.

‘This is an exciting era for the university with a number major masterplans in development. The Old Press/Mill Lane site represents a key opportunity to deliver a legacy of high quality built environment in the historic core of Cambridge and significantly improve visitor experience to Cambridge.’

Graham Morrison, partner at Allies and Morrison added: ‘This is the place in Cambridge where the city meets the river and gives generous public access to the Cam. We are very excited to play a part in shaping the future of such a key site so rich in history right in the heart of Cambridge.’

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