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Cambridge Junction Redevelopment RIBA Stage 1 Works

To approve a capital budget following completion of an OJEU procurement for the appointment of a Lead Designer and multi-disciplinary team to complete i) A RIBA Stage 1 design report for the redevelopment of Cambridge Junction to provide additional venue facilities and work space ii) A RIBA stage 1 site wide master plan and report which identifies commercial opportunities in addition to the venue redevelopment.

Cambridge Junction would like to replace Junction 1 (which has lifecycle issues), and expand the arts and cultural venue with additional event, studio, work and office spaces with a vertical redevelopment scheme on this site. Cambridge City Council would like to further explore the potential of the Cambridge Junction site for additional commercial capital development including a potential partnership with Cambridge Junction CDC to assist their future financial sustainability.

The team will be contracted to complete RIBA stage 1 work in order to submit an application for the next Capital funding round to be launched by Arts Council England (ACE) in April 2020. If successful, ACE will then fund RIBA stage 2-5 works.

Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Expenditure > £300,000;

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Notice of proposed decision first published: 28/08/2019

Decision due: 7 Oct 2019 by Executive Councillor for Finance, Resources and Transformation

Lead member: Executive Councillor for Finance, Resources and Transformation

Department: Community Services

Contact: Allison Conder, Strategic Project Manager Email: Allison.Conder@cambridge.gov.uk.

Additional Information: This is a key item and will automatically appear on the agenda.

Background Information: The Council has been working with Cambridge Junction (CJ) CDC since 2017 to develop an evidence base and prepare a business case for the redevelopment of the venue. The evidence base work has been completed and identified a shortfall in the provision of multi-purpose arts and cultural venue space, work space and studio space. Arts Council England are likely to launch a further capital funding round in April 2020, and there is an opportunity to secure funding to extend and improve the venue to address shortages of venue space; improve revenue generation and the sustainability of the service provider. The Arts Council require applications for funding to have been developed to RIBA stage 1 before they will be considered. The City Council owns the asset which it leases to CJ CDC with 9 years remaining, and therefore has an key interest in the development of this strategic site. The Council is keen to assess the potential for additional development of the CJ as a commercial opportunity.


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