CGI images showing what a new science development in Cambridge could look like have been released. Developer-investors Mission Street are consulting the public on plans for a ‘science and innovation district’ in Cherry Hinton.
The development is proposed to be built on land off Coldhams Lane. The plans include new science facilities, publicly accessible green space, community events space, and a public play area.
The site is not currently in use. Mission Street plans to submit a planning application for the site soon, with a decision expected in the first half of 2024.
A spokesperson for the developer said: “Mission Street research and development lab and office space – which will replace and remediate an abandoned site – will sit within a significant area of publicly accessible green space, including new walking routes for local residents. A play area, meanwhile, will feature sports facilities including a basketball court and table tennis tables, outdoor board games, an outdoor gym and designated areas for different age groups to play.”
They added: “According to market data tracked by Mission Street, there is demand for over 2 million square feet of lab space in Cambridge, but only 10,000 is currently available. By creating new best-in-class lab and office space, Mission Street seeks to secure Cambridges reputation as a leader for science and technology on the world stage in the long term.”
Stewart Kain, development director at Mission Street, said: “Our plans for Cherry Hilton will bring much-needed science facilities to East Cambridge while delivering benefits for local communities in the form of the new Urban Country Park, which includes new public spaces and play areas – revitalising an abandoned site for the enjoyment of all.”