|"The HRCC will be a flagship project for joined up working in the East of England and a significant base for culture in Cambridge."|
|Ian Stewart, Chief Executive of Cambridgeshire County Council|
This area in Cambridge, which has remained static for many years, will now be rejuvenated as a result of the plans being proposed by Ashwell, subject to the approval of the planning authority. Lord Rogers has been appointed as master planner and lead architect, and his team will be designing the statement buildings and public realm - in total, over half of the £725 million scheme.
Working in conjunction with Network Rail Property, the proposed development centres around the Grade II listed station building, the character of which will be retained. The surroundings to the station will be enhanced with a new public square, to improve pedestrian flow, and improve the vistas from and to the station frontage.
Phase 1 of CB1 will be a new 90,000 sq ft commercial building worth £18m which is due to get underway in February 2006.
CB1 covers 24 acres (9.6 ha, 1.94m sq ft) and overall the scheme will include:
• 990,000 sq ft of residential space, comprising 1,100 residential units, 30 per cent of which will be affordable accommodation for Addenbrookes Hospital.
• 494,628 sq ft of commercial space.
• 410,067 sq ft of health, leisure, hotel & museum.
|Artist impression of the developed mill|
• 43,305 sq ft of retail, restaurants & bars.
A New Cultural Centre for Cambridge
Part of the development includes a new cultural centre planned for the former Mill situated next to the station which is perhaps best known locally as Spillers Mill. The large battlemented mill building was constructed in 1894 for the Foster family and was designed by Calder & Kitchen of Hull. It's considered an important landmark building, as it is a rare industrial building in Cambridge and also, is one of the biggest buildings in the city.
In 1917 the Fosters sold the mill to Pauls and in 1947 it was sold on to Spillers. Then, in 2000 it was owned by Rank Hovis and in 2001 it was announced that they would vacate the site, allowing it to be re-developed.
Ashwell Property Group (the group behind the main development) are proposing the Historical Resource and Cultural Centre (HRCC) for Cambridgeshire County Council with plans that the Centre will provide high quality storage for the county’s unique archive collections, with state-of-the-art protection and preservation facilities.
In addition, the world famous Cambridgeshire Collection - currently housed within Cambridge Central Library - is also expected to move into the same building and office accommodation for staff who work in the archives, arts, museums and archaeology services of the County Council will also be provided.
Working in partnership with other museums and galleries, libraries and schools across Cambridgeshire, the Centre aims to develop outreach services for areas of social need and rural deprivation.
It is also expected that the HRCC will become a key component of e-government and e-learning in Cambridgeshire, with links to the Cambridgeshire Community Network (CCN) which will enable resources to be accessed remotely from other heritage offices, schools, libraries, museums and galleries.
So, the rallying has stopped. The development has begun. And the City prepares for a big lift.