From vision to reality: what is it like to live, work and visit CB1?
A new feature is the generous proportions of the public spaces. Station Square is a modern piazza fronted by the elegant Victorian facade of the original railway station, the imposing One Station Square building and a new hotel and cycle park to the north. Visitors will notice the significant planting, providing dappled shade in the summer, and then the landscaped areas which use a variety of quality materials.
The centrepiece will be a large new sculpture by artist Gavin Turk, famous for his painted bronzes and ‘Wrapped Objects’, amongst other celebrated artworks.
This is a grand space, surrounded by high quality shops and restaurants some of which spill out onto the square as pavement cafés. It is also the location of the new modern transport interchange - a vital amenity for the busy city centre - complete with a new bus interchange. Bicycles, another Cambridge icon, are given special consideration.
No longer are bicycles chained to every available piece of ironmongery, as the scheme has provided the largest cycle park in the country, housing no fewer than 3,000 cycles.
Moving through the city quarter, one becomes aware of how the public spaces are surrounded by modern buildings, this theme underpins the masterplan – a series of interconnected ‘rooms’ which include recreational space, secluded landscaped areas and amenity space for residents, visitors and workers alike to enjoy.