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MSA are the architects for the 25 acre redevelopment of an existing employment site known as Bourn Quarter formerly occupied by Thyssen Krupp/Gestamp Tallent situated in the north east quadrant of the Bourn Airfield area, between Cambourne and Cambridge. The remainder of the former World War II airfield is being developed by leading housebuilder Countryside PLC. The predominantly brownfield site has outline planning consent to become a vibrant landscape-led community of 3,500 homes, community facilities, schools and open spaces over the next decade.

Savills Investment Management procured and implemented the project alongside development management partner Aitchison Developments.

Inspired by the Dutch High Tech Campus Eindhoven, the project is defined as an “unique R&D, Life Science and Warehousing business park”.

Phase One was granted full planning consent in January 2021.  Concurrently, outline planning permission was granted for Phase Two of the development, of approximately 5 acres / 2 hectares. The site has a further 4.5 acres / 1.8 hectares of land available for a third phase of development.

Phase One will provide 15 industrial units totalling 173,000 sq ft. The largest unit, of 56,430 sq ft, has been pre-let to the innovative design and technology company Cambridge Design Partnership. The remaining units range from 1,710 sq ft to 27,150 sq ft.

Readie Construction Ltd was appointed as the main contractor for the first phase of development. Works started on site in May 2021 and are due for completion in February 2022.