Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
CB1 Cambridge Station

CB1 Cambridge Station


Ashwell Property Group plc

Cambridge, UK

Site Area
9.9 ha


The historic university city of Cambridge attracts over 4.6 million visitors every year – second only to London in the UK. A significant proportion of these visitors arrive by train. However, the area around Cambridge railway station had seen no meaningful or integrated development proposals for nearly half a century and had fallen into a state of some decline.

Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners was appointed by Ashwell Property Group to design a masterplan incorporating around 158,000 m² (1.7 million ft²) of mixed-use development on a ‘gateway’ site adjacent to the railway station in Cambridge.

The proposal includes a major new transport interchange, 58,000 m² (625,000 ft²) of residential space (including 1,250 student accommodation units for Anglia Ruskin University and affordable housing), 54,000 m² (580,000 ft²) of grade A office space, a 120 bed hotel and a high quality mix of leisure, retail and restaurant space.

This masterplan was intended to give an important regeneration boost to Cambridge while also helping to address the Government’s demands for more housing provision across the South East and East of England. It follows a ‘European’ approach to development, creating a development where people can work, live, shop and socialise in their neighbourhood, encouraging a sense of belonging and pride and improving the quality of life of local people.

Planning approval was given in October 2008 to a scheme which aimed to meet the Council’s expectations for a much-needed transport interchange, while balancing Ashwell’s own commercial expectations of the site. The site is now being built out broadly in accordance with the masterplan, by a number of developers.


Key Facts


Ashwell Property Group plc

Cambridge, UK

Site Area
9.9 ha

Landscape Architect
Robert Myers Associates

Planning Consultant
Savills Hepher Dixon

Transport Consultant
Mott MacDonald

Historic Buildings and Areas Specialist
QuBE Planning Ltd

Environmental Impact Consultant

Public Consultation

Archaeology Constultant
Cambridge Archaeology Unit

Ecological Consultant

Sustainability Consultant


Ed Butler

Katarzyna Ciechanowska

Mark Darbon

Mark Gorton

Angela Gates

Maria Hadjincolaou

Tracy Meller

Andrew Morris

Alastair Parvin

Carmen Pena

Sam Postel

Georgina Robledo

Richard Rogers

Peter Ryan

Thomas Weber

Andy Young