Construction firm Morgan Sindall has completed Botanic House, a seven-storey office development in Cambridge, UK for property development firm Pace Investments.
Designed by UK based Formation Architects, the 60,000ft² Botanic House is a lens-shaped building located at Hills Road, overlooking Cambridge University’s Botanic Garden.
The building also features about 10,000ft² of retail space and a concrete frame, with full height glazing on the north elevation and brick panelling on the south elevation.
Pace Investments director Johnny Vincent said that the company has been investing in Cambridge City centre for nearly 20 years.
"The city attracts all the major players and we recognise an increasing demand for high quality office accommodation in the city centre," Vincent said.
"Botanic House is the first phase of development for this site, which includes offices, retail, residential, a public house, affordable homes and community uses."
The residential component of the scheme comprises 162 apartments and mews houses of which 63 will be affordable apartments.
Bob Ensch, Morgan Sindall Cambridge office area director, said: "To remain competitive, Cambridge needs to continue to update its commercial infrastructure and whilst new business parks have been developed around the region, Botanic House sets a new standard for the city centre office core."
In November 2011, UK law firm Mills and Reeve had signed an agreement with Pace Investments to lease Botanic House and is due to move into the new development by the beginning of 2013 following completion of fit out works.
The law firm will occupy the majority of the building and is planning to sub-let some of the space.
Image: Botanic House is a lens-shaped building which has views of Cambridge University’s Botanic Garden. Photo: courtesy of Morgan Sindall.