Part of the remarkable former Shire Hall site in Cambridge is up for sale or lease.

The listed 1930s building, along with three others, totalling 120,000 sq ft of offices, had been Cambridgeshire County Council’s headquarters until 2022 when the authority relocated to Alconbury to cut costs.

Now the Shire Hall and neighbouring buildings, the Octagon, the former police station, Castle Lodge and a public car parking is being marketed by BNP Paribas Real Estate. It follows the collapse of a previous deal.

Offers will be considered by councillors on the assets & procurement committee at the June meeting. Councillors will review not only the financial bids made but whether the offer delivers environmental and social benefits.

Before the current buildings it has been the site of two medieval castles.

Cllr Lucy Nethsingha, leader of Cambridgeshire County Council, said: “Since bids were originally invited for Shire Hall in 2018, we have lived through the international Covid-19 pandemic and we’re still feeling the effects of a national cost-of-living crisis. Even against these challenging conditions the city of Cambridge has continued to experience unprecedented growth.

“Acquiring this central Cambridge site, which had been a seat of local government since Norman times, remains a really exciting opportunity for investment and development. I’m looking forward to selecting a commercial partner that’s right for this historic location, right for Cambridge residents and right for our county’s tax-payers.”


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