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Welcome to Cambridge North

A sustainable urban gateway


Thank you for visiting the Cambridge North website. Here you will find information on Chesterton Partnership's emerging proposals for the former railway sidings land next to Cambridge North Railway Station.

Our goal is to create a sustainable and inclusive community on brownfield land adjoining the new rail, bus and cycle transport hub.

Our plans to transform the site are already underway, with a 217-bed Novotel opened in May 2021 creating over 60 full-time jobs to the area. A second building, One Cambridge Square with retail space at ground floor and office space above, opened at the end of 2023.

  • Cambridge Square and Novotel Hotel with 'Hercules Meets Galatea' sculptures in the foreground
  • Cambridge North Station at night
  • One cambridge square exterior photo April24

The masterplan

The next phase of Cambridge North will bring more jobs, opportunities, and homes to the neighbourhood. With sustainability at the heart of our plans, our aim is to improve health and wellbeing, as well as minimise carbon emissions and waste. Our masterplan proposals will:

  • Form a sustainable and inclusive mixed-use community with places to live, work and socialise next to the new rail, bus and cycle transport hub.
  • Create long term and varied job opportunities in research and development, life science and technology, and many other jobs in retail, hospitality, and office settings.
  • Support the community for the long-term to improve employment and skills, health and wellbeing and enhancing the local environment.
  • Help small local businesses, independent retailers and the city’s creative sector with affordable workspaces and studios as part of our commitment to socially responsible development.
  • Be sustainable, clean, and green embracing renewable energy and adopting an energy strategy framework that paves the way to net carbon zero in operation. Promoting sustainable green active travel in response to the climate emergency.
  • Provide accessible public places that can be used by everyone in multiple ways, from recreation, relaxation to pop-up events, community activities and temporary and permanent public art.
  • Include comprehensive cycling facilities to encourage cycling as the primary form of travel, so improving individual wellbeing and quality of life.
  • Make a measurable contribution to improving the natural environment, exceeding policy requirements with brown roofs, and new biodiverse planting.
  • Provide electric vehicle, bicycle, cargo bike and e-scooter hire facilities within a new Mobility Hub. The Mobility Hub will also host an electric car club and provide car parking for the railway station, Novotel and ancillary parking for the labs and offices.
  • Include managed ‘meanwhile uses’ to make a positive contribution during the delivery phase.