Growth & Commercial Space

Growth & Commercial Space

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Growth Project Group Chair:  Matthew Bullock* – Master, St Edmund’s College, Cambridge
Commercial Space Project Group Chair: Chris Bartram MA FRICS* – Non-Executive Director of Land Securities Group Plc

Project Team Members

Wendy Arntsen – Head of Campus Development, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute*
Jonathan Brech – Development Director, Cambridge Network
Dr Andy Cosh – Centre for Business Research, University of Cambridge
Mark Cotterell – Property Director, ARM*
Mike Derbyshire – Head of Planning, Bidwells*
Christine Doel – Director, SQW
David Gill – MD, St. John’s Innovation Centre*
Graham Hughes – Executive Director Economy, Transport and Environment, Cambridgeshire County Council
Dr Ying Jin – Director of Studies and Fellow of Robinson College, and lecturer at the Department of Architecture, University of Cambridge
Nick Mansley – Executive Director, Cambridge Real Estate Research Centre
Robert Marshall – CEO, Marshall of Cambridge*
Ian Mather – Chairman, Cambridge Ahead and Head of Office, Mills & Reeve*
Jane Paterson-Todd – CEO, Cambridge Ahead*
Dr Robin Pellew OBE – Chairman, Cambridge Past Present & Future
Christopher Pratt – Senior Bursar, Jesus College, Cambridge*
Dr Tony Raven – Chief Executive, Cambridge Enterprise
Rob Sadler – Head of Cambridge Office, Savills*
Roger Taylor – Director of Estates Strategy, University of Cambridge
Johnny Vincent − MD, Pace Investments*
Jeanette Walker − Project Director, Cambridge Biomedical Campus
Bill Wicksteed Founder & Senior Advisor, SQW Ltd
Dick Wise − Partner, Bidwells*

* Member/Member organisation

  1. To provide a clear, long-term (20-40 year) Growth vision for the city of Cambridge which can transcend short-term political differences.
  2. To address the shortage of supply of commercial property in the Cambridge region in the short and medium term.

Our agenda is focused on the long-term growth of the city region and so for the past 2½ years we have been helping in the debate and process for the Cambridge Growth Plan for 2019 and beyond. Our agenda is:

  • To create credible bottom-up growth forecast scenarios for the Cambridge sub-region for the period up to 2035 at regular intervals to coincide with the council planning cycles.
  • To build consensus between the CA business community, the local councils and the universities around those forecasts.
  • To provide performance metrics data to underpin the City Deal and further access to government investment funds for the sub-region.
  • To review options for the land use and spatial distribution of the potential growth, using dynamic scenario modelling, which presents intellectually coherent options for discussion between the key parties.
  • To create a structured dialogue about these options in a way that can engage politicians and the public in an informed debate about the sub-region’s future.
Project work streams

Three work streams have been created within the Project group:

  1. Growth Forecasting.
  2. Economic Forecasting (the modelling of the Growth forecasts).
  3. Commercial Property (exploring the need for commercial property to support a growing economy).

Armed with options for the future growth and planning of Cambridge arising from these work streams, we will aim to stimulate a public debate that will arrive at a consensus.

Project details

Find out more about the Growth work streams
Find out more about the Commercial Space work stream