Botanic Place


Formation Architects secured planning permission for this complex mixed use scheme on a key site in the centre of Cambridge. The site is adjacent to the University Botanic Garden at an important junction between the station and the historic core of the city.

  • Client: Pace Investments
  • Size: 156 units; 38,750 sqft of office; 14,000 sqft of retail
  • Sectors
    Mainstream Residential, Private Development
  • Services
    Concept Design, Planning applications

The design proposes a series of perimeter blocks forming an internal public space at the heart of the scheme. The residential component comprises 156 apartments and mews houses of which 63 are affordable contained in 5, 6 and 7 storey buildings many with views over the Botanic Garden.

This building commands the junction and together with urban landscape improvements will create a recognisable new place in the city.

The office element is contained in a 7 storey “lens shaped” building which provides 6,460 sq. ft floor plates per floor, a size of rental space that is in great demand from the media and biotechnology sectors in Cambridge.

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