Our vision for the Beehive Centre is to create a place of community and opportunity. On this website, you can find out more about the plans, the journey we have been on to date and the next steps we are taking.

The emerging Masterplan will take a car-dominated shopping centre at risk of decline and create over 5,000 job opportunities for local people. We are proposing a mix of new retail, leisure, and community spaces, as well as laboratory and office space for companies in the science and technology industry – all surrounded by new vibrant streets, green public spaces, a public square and wetlands.

Our Vision

Benefits to Cambridge

More jobs, community facilities and open space. Reduced congestion and investment in public transport.

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Job opportunities for all

Over 5,000 new jobs, from entry level to senior positions.

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iGlu with Cambridge Youth Panel

A new indoor and outdoor youth facility designed by young people for young people.

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Accessible, safe and welcoming to all

Working with young adults with learning disabilities to create a place that is accessible to people with different sensory profiles and neurodivergent conditions.

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Investing in public transport

15 new buses an hour with new local bus services and improved frequency.

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Local spending

£10 million in annual spending at neighbourhood businesses.

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Retained retailers

The re-location of ASDA and other retailers to an improved Cambridge Retail Park.

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Inclusive open space

New inclusive open space designed by local secondary schools and Make Space for Girls.

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Community pavilion

A community space to host events and support local initiatives.

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The ‘Makers Lab’ powered by Cambridge Science Centre

A new science centre to foster a love of science in children and young people.

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Supporting nature

A 100% biodiversity net gain with 200 new trees planted.

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Greening up tarmacked land

New public spaces free to enjoy all year round.

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A High Street for all budgets

New local High Street designed with Indie Cambridge.

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Beehive Careers Academy

Working with Form the Future to provide local school students with work experience opportunities and free access to employment and careers advice.

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Reduced congestion

Removing 10,000 cars from the local road network.

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Tax revenue

Over £8 million a year in tax revenue to spend on local priorities.

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Sustainability

The project is being designed to meet the highest levels of sustainability, minimising the carbon footprint in both construction and operation, while enhancing public health and wellbeing with new green spaces open to all.

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Social Impact

Our ambition is that this scheme provides an example of how long-term investment can create a place that supports local people, businesses and visitors to the city.

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Consultation

Our neighbours are vital in helping us shape our plans. We know local people, community groups and businesses know their area better than anyone else, which is why we want to hear from you.