Cambridge United reveal new East Cambridge stadium vision
Cambridge United have announced the Football Club’s exciting new vision for a 21st century, multi-use, sustainable stadium located in East Cambridge, with the latest designs by KSS having now been unveiled.
A new possibility has been established on land included in Marshalls’ and the County Council’s call for sites, situated near to junction 35 (Quy) on the A14.
Sky Bet League Two side, Cambridge United, have therefore been working with property consultancy and Club partner Stace – who worked latterly on the development of Tottenham Hotspur’s new stadium – and with world leading architects KSS, to develop a suitable concept design that fitted with the new identified land.
The brief was a sustainable design for a sustainable location, with multi-use purposes beyond the ability to host football matches, such as concerts, conferences, extended community activities, medical centres, and a quality design fit for Cambridge with a 12,000 capacity and scope to grow.
Cambridge United revealed the eye-catching new designs created, which highlight the potential of what could be developed.
The journey so far:
- Planning application for a Sporting Village based in Trumpington Meadows was withdrawn in 2017
- Plans for a redeveloped Abbey Stadium were constrained by a need for affordable housing with a funding gap identified by the project group and Greater Cambridge Partnership, due to restrictions in how high housing could be built around the ground in early 2019.
- New possibility emerged in East Cambridge through Marshall’s plans to relocate and are in line with County Council’s submission put forward earlier this year
The scheme, which remains in its early stages, would be located on greenbelt land and plans for funding the development of the stadium are not arranged. However the scheme has a number of factors in its favour and primarily fits within wider plans to improve transport across the city of Cambridge, including the introduction of a new metro system that would see both the stadium and a re-located Park and Ride station as a key destination for a Cambridge east line.
Club CEO Ian Mather presented the vision to key stakeholders and companies from across the city, including the Mayor of Cambridgeshire, James Palmer, at the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Development conference held at the Guildhall last week. Mather replicated the presentation in the video below to provide Cambridge United supporters with a fuller picture of the scheme, during which he articulates the differing factors from the Club’s previous proposals.
A representative for KSS commented:
KSS have been working with the football club to develop a new stadium concept which will form a key part and gateway project to a wider strategic plan for a new hub East of Cambridge.
Our brief was to design an ambitious, sustainable stadium to match the club’s multi-use aspirations of hosting football, concerts, conferences and community activities, in addition to providing a dynamic new home for the Club.
Our designs are based on the intricate and detailed Cambridge vernacular with the stadium inset into the landscape, finessing the boundary between architecture and the environment and important local ecology.
The use of timber structure and façade, along with PVs on the roof and passive/operational strategies will ensure a holistic approach to sustainable design. The transparent facade will allow the stadium to dramatically glow at night, representing the club’s colours and becoming a beacon for New East Cambridge.
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