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August 10, 2014

Wates to develop new office building in Cambridge

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Wates Construction has been appointed as the main contractor for the new office scheme, One The Square, in Cambridge, UK.

One The Square is part of property development and investment company Brookgate’s plan to expand its CB1 master plan; the company will build the city’s largest student accommodation and develop a new 22 Station Road office, which will be the headquarters of Mott MacDonald.

The new office scheme will include 129,295ft² of grade-A office space and 13,379ft² of retail provision.

The building’s sustainability features include water conservation, 568 cycle spaces and shower facilities to encourage green employee transport. In addition, One The Square will also maximise natural daylight and feature low-energy lighting.

"The building’s sustainability features include water conservation, 568 cycle spaces and shower facilities to encourage green employee transport."

The scheme will be built alongside Abellio Greater Anglia’s work to redesign Cambridge train station, including an enlarged ticket hall and improved customer service facilities.

Wates will work with project architects Pringle Brandon Perkins+Will, building services and sustainability consultant Hilson Moran and structural engineers Mott MacDonald.

Wates Construction, Northern Home Counties & East business unit director Phil Shortman said: "The on-going development of Cambridge city centre is an incredible achievement and Wates is proud to be playing such a key part in the delivery of the CB1 master plan.

"We have so far been utilising our role as main contractor at 21 and 22 Station Road to generate training and employment opportunities for local people and we will be extending this commitment to our delivery of One The Square."

Brookgate CEO Sven Topel said: "One the Square is a key element of CB1 as it not only delivers a new office and leisure space at the main gateway to the city but also provides public realm and transport improvements, which will create a buzzing hub around the train station."

Construction work on the new building is scheduled to begin in February 2015, with the project expected for completion by the end of 2016.

Image: Exterior view of the One The Square building in Cambridge. Photo: courtesy of Wates.

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