“Most sustainable” Botanic Place development to provide opportunities for local people and up to 915 new jobs in Cambridge

October 26, 2023

Botanic Place, the most sustainable speculative office scheme outside of London, located on Hills Road, is set to provide up to 915 new jobs, including specific opportunities for local people.

Minor design amendments to enhance sustainability at the proposed development have been recommended for approval by planning officers and will be determined by Cambridge City Council Planning Committee on Wednesday 1st November 2023.

Work is expected to begin over the coming months and beginning with the sites construction, investor Railpen together with Development Manager Socius will be providing up to 25 employment opportunities to local residents when construction begins in early 2024. It is expected that the equivalent of 30% of the construction workforce will be made up of residents from Cambridge, with specific opportunities provided to people from wards with the highest levels of employment deprivation, including: East Chesterton, West Chesterton, Abbey, Arbury, and King’s Hedges.

Once fully operational, Botanic Place will create employment opportunities for approximately 915 jobs within its estate management team and through occupier companies. At least 57 of these jobs will be offered to people from low-income households and disadvantaged people. Once built, as managers of the building, Railpen will support up to 9,472 weeks of training and apprenticeship opportunities each year through occupier companies.

Richard Van Lente, Senior Property Asset & Development Manager at Railpen said: “Ensuring our developments have a positive impact on people from surrounding communities is of utmost importance to Railpen, and it’s pleasing to see the breadth of employment opportunities that Botanic Place will provide for local residents. We are committed to making this a reality through engaging with potential occupiers, ensuring they are aware of the benefits of recruiting locally and that their ambitions align with our own. Employing locally is so important for the economic, environmental, and mental wellbeing of the surrounding community, and we are proud to play our part in improving the lives of residents around our developments.”

Botanic Place is adjacent to Cambridge Botanic Gardens on Hills Road and has planning permission for a new £500m, 500,000 sq. ft workspace scheme. The development recently submitted minor design amendments to enhance sustainability, ensuring it will be the greenest office development in the UK, outside of London.

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