Brookgate’s one station square in Cambridge wins planning consent

Brookgate has been granted planning consent for its £80million One Station Square office development in Cambridge. The scheme, designed by architecture practice Pringle Brandon Perkins+Will, will deliver the largest Grade A office space in the city centre.

One Station Square is a part of CB1, the new city quarter in Cambridge, and directly opposite Cambridge Station. The six-storey building provides 129,000 sq ft of offices in large, open floorplates, with generous reception zones and top floor terraces. The entire breadth of the ground floor facing the square is retail space, with 12,000 sq ft of food, beverage and convenience shopping.

The scheme is in a prominent position, located in the Cambridge Central Conservation Area and is the first building seen by visitors emerging from the station. The architecture therefore responds to the historic context of Station Square and the broader architectural influences of Cambridge’s built environment, giving a modern interpretation of the classic tripartite arrangement to create a high quality contemporary building that frames the western edge of Station Square.

One Station Square will contribute to funding the public realm improvements to the station square, and the creation of an improved transport interchange.

Sven Töpel, Chief Executive of Brookgate, said:

“One Station Square is the latest Grade A office scheme to get the go ahead at CB1. The building offers corporate occupiers the opportunity to take modern space in Cambridge’s city centre with unrivalled connectivity to the transport network.”

John Drew, principal and architect at Pringle Brandon Perkins+Will (formerly Pringle Brandon Drew), said:

“One Station Square will provide modern, high quality office and retail space, and add another dimension to the square.”

The site is a key element of the wider CB1 masterplan providing a vibrant mixed use scheme for Cambridge city centre consisting of commercial, leisure and residential space built around a radically improved public transport interchange at the heart of Cambridge.

Energy efficiency has been a key driver for the project, which is expected to achieve BREEAM Excellent. The energy strategy developed by Hilson Moran is based on passive design measures – including high performance facades, maximising natural daylight and low energy lighting which all contribute towards an exemplary low energy building.

Team credits:

  • Developer: Brookgate
  • Architect: Pringle Brandon Perkins+Will
  • Sustainability consultant: Hilson Moran
  • MEP (Mechanical Electrical and Public Health) engineer plus vertical transportation, fire and acoustics consultancy: Hilson Moran
  • Structural engineer: Mott Macdonald
  • Landscape architect: Robert Myers Associates
  • Planning consultants: Savill