A prominent site forming the northern corner of St John’s Innovation Park at the gateway to the north Cambridge research and development cluster. The Park provides a thriving working environment for R&D, technology and life science companies, including Samsung, Raspberry Pi, Darktrace, Mewburn Ellis and PwC. Cambridge North rail station and the Cambridgeshire Guided Busway are within walking distance making the parks location highly sustainable.
Following the completion of the Maurice Wilkes Building for them in 2018, Turnstone have been appointed by the park’s owner, St John’s College, to assist in the next phase of development. Two new Class B1 office and R&D buildings are proposed, each of 85,000 sq ft (net), together with a travel hub building. The travel hub will comprise car parking, a gym, cycle storage and shower facilities. A detailed planning application was submitted in August 2020 and the Joint Development Control Committee resolved to grant planning permission on the 27th October 2021.
The Dirac Building will be the first building to be constructed. It will comprise high quality open plan, column free, flexible floor space arranged over ground plus five upper floors. Employing an ‘intelligent building’ approach the building is targeting BREEAM ‘Excellent’ and WiredScored ‘Platinum’ ratings.
The professional team comprises Sheppard Robson (architects), Ramboll (structural engineers), Hoare Lea (building services engineers), WSP (transportation), Savills (planning consultants) and Stace (cost consultants).