Kadans secures planning consent for purpose-built laboratory and office building at Merlin Place, Cambridge

London, 24 January 2024 – Kadans Science Partner (“Kadans”) has received planning approval from Cambridge City Council for the development of a new, purpose-built laboratory and office building at Merlin Place, Cambridge, a new Gateway Building for the Cambridge North Cluster.

The six-storey 139,000 sq ft building allows for full flexibility from a single to multi tenant split. The design includes south-facing balconies benefiting from unrivalled views to the historic city centre along with significant communal space and a much-needed additional public café to the Cambridge North Cluster with external seating and social areas.

The building has exemplar end of journey facilities including showers, drying and changing rooms, dedicated internal cycle storage and an internal cycle maintenance area, encouraging alternative ways of commuting to work such as cycling, running and walking.  

Merlin Place also lends itself to having excellent connectivity routes from the A14, Cambridge guided bus way, the newly completed Cambridge North train station including established and expanding cycle routes.  

This development furthers the implementation of Kadans’ long-term model to bolster their presence and facilities within the world leading Cambridge cluster, one of the largest research & development clusters in Europe.

Edward Joslin, Development Director, Kadans Science Partner: “I am delighted to reach this positive milestone in this development. We are pleased to move forward and bring this new development of best-in-class laboratories to Cambridge.”

Katie Nelson, Senior Asset Manager, Kadans Science Partner: “It is so exciting to reach this milestone to move this development forward into this world leading ecosystem. I am looking forward to working with businesses on their growth and supporting the local ecosystem,  working with tenants who are making a positive impact in the world.”



Notes to Editor

Kadans Science Partner is the European leader investing in the development of ecosystems and real estate with a dedicated focus on knowledge-intensive sectors. We focus on bringing people together to overcome global challenges. Therefore, we invest, develop and operate specialised assets to complement science clusters. Across Europe, we have built a network of clients, partner organisations, and innovative minds, active in Life Sciences & Health, Food, Energy & Digital Economy. All determined to find solutions to the global challenges we face today. Currently already active in 25+ science clusters, our network continues to grow as we develop more locations and support more clusters across Europe.

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