Railpen and Socius have submitted design changes to their £500m Botanic Place office scheme in Cambridge.

The proposed changes to the Allford Hall Monaghan Morris-designed development will “significantly reduce the carbon impact of construction, improve energy efficiency, promote active travel with greater accessibility and priority for cyclists over cars, and enhance the volume of accessible shared outdoor green space”, according to the developers.

The 500,000 sq ft scheme, which has been described by the development partners as “the most sustainable and intelligent workspace in the UK, outside of London”, is located next to Cambridge University Botanic Garden on Hills Road and already has an existing planning consent. 

Doug Higgins, development director at Socius, said: “Through our conversations with the council and community over the past few years, it is clear that sustainability, green space and limiting vehicle congestion are of high importance in Cambridge.

“We are pleased to have submitted this section 73 application which we hope will position Botanic Place as the most sustainable and intelligent workplace in the city.

“We thank people who have taken the time to engage with us on these amendments and we look forward to the council determining our application in the next few months.”

Richard Van Lente, senior asset and development manager at Railpen, said: “The plans for Botanic Place have incorporated feedback from the local community and will see over 200 local jobs created, the development of cafes, restaurants, a market hall promoting healthy and sustainable local food and drink, alongside the existing public house which will be renovated.

“It’s an exciting project, within a thriving knowledge-led economy and a supportive local authority who share our commitment to sustainable development.”

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