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NBBJ’s Cambridge business park wins planning approval

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Planners have given the green light to proposals for an upmarket business park in Cambridge by London-based practice NBBJ

Councillors approved designs for the Howard Group’s expansion of an existing industrial area in South Cambridge.

Under the plans, a two-storey warehouse will be redeveloped into high-specification office space, to be called The Works.

NBBJ said the scheme would be a ‘quality business park within a campus environment’ designed to meet demand for commercial space in the South Cambridge biomedical cluster.

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NBBJ’s The Works on Unity Campus in Cambridge

Housed within the concrete frame of the original building, the designs focus on restructuring the building’s internal space and the creation of a ‘street’, an atrium which will bring in natural light and offer a range of flexible working options.

NBBJ lead designer Jayne Kelly said: ‘Our design celebrates the history of the site, whilst creating a modern flexible workspace that meets the needs of today’s workers. It will also pave the way for the future regeneration of the wider area.’

The Works at Unity Campus is the first part of the business park to gain planning consent. Work is expected to start on the site next month, with the facility available for occupation in summer 2019.

Project Data

Type of project Commercial (flexible office)
Client The Howard Group
Architect NBBJ The masterplan architect is Nicholas Hare Architects
Project manager 3PM
MEP engineering David Bedwell & Partners
Structural engineer Conisbee
Fire safety engineer Build-Insight
Quantity surveyor AECOM
Planning adviser  ShrimplinBrown 


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