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3 June 2021

Final pieces of Station Road reach key milestones

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The final piece of the Station Road streetscape – 20 Station Road – has started on site, with the land now cleared ready for construction of the new building to begin. In turn, 30 Station Road is now watertight and the external cladding is underway, with fit-out elements in progress ahead of the anticipated Autumn 2021 completion.

When finished, 20 and 30 Station Road, both being delivered by local contractor RG Carter, will ‘complete’ the street aesthetic that runs from the station towards the city. The landscaping will then be finished to create a linear park of green public space right along the road; a major part of tying the development together to create a successful, connected and inclusive environment for the modern offices which will improve the walking route for pedestrians along Station Road.

20 Station Road is being forward-funded by Aviva Investors and PSP Investments, and has been fully pre-let to premium flexible workspace provider Fora. Opening only its second location outside of London, Fora will bring desirable space for collaboration and innovation to a strong Cambridge location which already houses a collection of globally-renowned employers and businesses such as Amazon, Microsoft and Samsung. Upon completion, 30 Station Road will become home to a leading global tech occupier to further reinforce CB1 as the city’s AI hub.

Architect tp bennett designed the two buildings, having previously worked on 10 and 22 Station Road. Each building is designed as a matching pavilion – but with changes in materiality as the street progresses, decreasing the amount of stonework moving further away from the train station until reaching 10 Station Road, which is a fully brick exterior.

Rob Halfyard, Project Director at RG Carter, commented:

“We are delighted to be working with Brookgate on 20 and 30 Station Road. Cranes over the CB1 Esetate are helping to construct prestigious new office developments: 30 Station Road is just over two months away from completing on site - the crane’s main role installing the final sections of GRC facade and glazing - whilst on 20 Station Road the crane is at the early stages of construction, helping move the RC framework at basement level."

Photo: Phil Mynott

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