Hill and Marshall’s Marleigh development in Cambridge is set to welcome a new Co-Op and nursery to the heart of its development.

The area, known as Marleigh Square, will also be home to the community centre, a café and 4,300 sq. ft of retail space, and is near the new school which is currently under construction.

The new Co-Op, also due to open next year, is opposite the primary school on Marleigh Road, situated in a 4,000 sq. ft unit, designed with convenience in mind. A funding boost to the area will also be provided through the Co-op’s membership scheme, where the firm matches money spent by its members and donates the amount to local causes.

Martyn Clarke, Co-Op regional acquisition manager said: “We are delighted to be part of this new district, and look forward to the opportunity to serve the community. Co-op is committed to operating at the heart of local life and making a difference in the community, and we are working to develop the range, choice, products and services to create a compelling offer to serve residents and passers-by conveniently.”

Monkey Puzzle Nursery, an established nursery in the area, provides childcare for children aged 3 months to five years and will provide 78 places. The new nursery is due to open in early 2022.

Thulisile Tshalibe-Catley from Monkey Puzzle, said: “Monkey Puzzle Cambridge is part of the UK’s largest childcare franchise.  Our ethos is based on providing a fun, friendly and kind environment where children feel happy and confident, providing the ideal environment to learn and develop through play. We also encourage healthy living with lots of outdoor play and our diverse in-house menu that is prepared on-site by our dedicated chef. We are trusted to provide naturally inspiring, exceptional care and education for the early years and we are delighted that we will be opening at this fantastic new Marleigh neighbourhood. With spacious family homes, plenty of green space, an attractive central square, and a new school underway, this is a family-friendly development in every sense of the word, and we are looking forward to becoming part of the new community.”

Andy Hill of Hill Marshall LLP said: “We have taken great care to design a neighbourhood centre that will serve as the ‘heart of Marleigh’, so we are delighted to secure Co-op as the anchor convenience store at this exceptional development. For a project of this scale, providing first-class amenities and a central point for residents to come together is crucial to its long-term success and vital to ensure the new community can flourish.

Marleigh Square will be the main entrance for the proposed new school and will feature a series of landscaped and public spaces, where people can not only stock up on their daily essentials but also spend time socialising, relaxing and making the most of the new facilities and surroundings.”

Richard Howe at Hill Marshall LLP said: “This is another important milestone in establishing a thriving community at the heart of the Marleigh development. We are delighted to be partnering with such an experienced early years care provider, complementing the new primary school, to ensure our families have access to a full spectrum of first-class educational opportunities.”

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