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

Objectives
  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.
Agenda

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