In Cambridge, a once in a lifetime opportunity for University and city

Allies and Morrison is assisting the University of Cambridge, Pembroke College, Queens College and Darwin College on a masterplan for Old Press/Mill Lane within the heart of the city of Cambridge.

The site is next to a historic cross over the River Cam and one of only two places in Cambridge where the city meets the river. The original home of the University Press and once a working area dominated by trade, there is a rich layering of history and character which the masterplan aims to preserve and enhance. The site comprises two city blocks containing a mix of buildings from the 16th to 20th centuries which have largely been occupied by the University for administrative and academic purposes. Many of these functions, however, are soon to relocate elsewhere in Cambridge, opening up a once in a lifetime opportunity to transform into a vibrant urban quarter.

Our proposals open up the riverfront to improve access to the water and create new, high quality public realm as a focal point on the Cam. Within this special context, a range of new uses will be introduced, including graduate accommodation, as well as retail and offices, food, drink and others. There will be opportunities for new riverside public spaces and overall improvements to pedestrian and cycle access as well as the connectivity and quality of open spaces. Many existing buildings will be refurbished while some new buildings will be introduced.

A public exhibition was held on 21-23rd March to solicit feedback and help refine the proposals – and remains online here.