A team of consultants has been appointed to regenerate Cambridge’s Market Square, Guildhall, and Corn Exchange to create a new civic quarter for the city.

Cambridge City Council has created the team, to be led by architect Cartwright Pickard.

The design has five key aims:

  • Create a focal point in the centre of Cambridge
  • Encourage people to spend more time in the market, the Corn Exchange, and city centre shops, restaurants and bars
  • Make the square more accessible and attractive during the day and into the evening
  • Modernise the Corn Exchange and explore commercial opportunities
  • Conserve the Grade II-listed Guildhall as a net zero-carbon building for commercial and council use

Proposals will be considered by councillors in November 2024.

Cllr Simon Smith, executive councillor for finance and resources, said: “The Cartwright Pickard-led team have made a fantastic start already. They have committed to a full programme of engagement with local people – those who currently use the market and council buildings and those who don’t often visit this part of town – and key stakeholders including market traders and other local businesses.

“This is a once-in-a-century opportunity and it’s vital to us that the plans for the new quarter can be drawn up based on what we hear from local people.

“The Guildhall site has been a seat of local government since 1224, so it’s fitting that we’re able to start this exciting project during this 800th anniversary year.”

As well as Cartwright Pickard, the development consultancy team involves Marick Real Estate (development), ECF (engagement), LDA Design (design), Carter Jonas (planning), Max Fordham (environmental building services), Conisbee (civil engineering), Turley, Cambridge office (heritage), KMC (transport planning), Theatreplan (theatre design) and Arup (engineering).

Visit: https://cambridgecivicquarter.co.uk/

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