We are pleased to announce the launch of the Cambridge Civic Quarter engagement programme and invite you to share your insights on how we can reimagine the Corn Exchange, Guildhall, Market Square, and surrounding public spaces.

Your input is invaluable in helping us shape the future of these historic areas in central Cambridge.

About the project: The aim of the project is to create designs for a new civic quarter that will:
· Create a focal point: Establish a central area that local people can be proud of and which lives up to Cambridge’s reputation as a centre of excellence and cultural significance.
· Attract residents and visitors to spend more time: Encourage more time spent in the Market Square, Corn Exchange, and city centre shops, restaurants, and bars.
· Enhance the Market Square: Build on the agreed vision to make it a more accessible, attractive, welcoming, exciting, and safe place to visit, shop, and gather.
· Modernise the Corn Exchange: Make it a more modern and appealing venue with updated facilities, exploring new commercial opportunities, and reducing operational costs.
· Conserve the Guildhall: Transform the Grade II listed building into a net zero carbon space, reducing running costs and creating a welcoming environment for the public, with fit-for-future working spaces for council uses and new spaces for commercial occupiers in order to increase the council’s income to support frontline council services.

Highlights of the proposals:

· Accessible Guildhall: A hub for local democracy with new workspaces and a customer service centre for the council, along with commercial spaces like a hotel and rooftop pavilion.
· Upgraded Corn Exchange: Improved acoustics and Audio Visual systems, more food and drink options, energy efficiency upgrades, and better accessibility.
· Enhanced Market Square: Maintaining the seven-day market while creating more space for people and events.

How to Get Involved:

We are running a comprehensive engagement programme from the 17 June, until Sunday, 28 July 2024, and there are several ways you can participate. Click on cambridge.gov.uk/ccq to find out more about the project, how to get involved, view proposals, and respond to the survey online (hard copies also available on request).

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Cllr Simon Smith

Cllr Simon Smith, Executive Councillor for Finance and Resources, said:

We are blessed with a number of treasured buildings and spaces in Cambridge that are at the heart of the city’s civic and cultural life.

Now, we have the opportunity to invest in them in a coordinated way to create a refreshed civic quarter that befits the city’s global status and attracts and serves many more people for years to come.

By thinking about the Guildhall, the Market Square and the Corn Exchange together, we can create a place that brings a new, exciting dimension to the city centre, attracting more people and boosting economic activity. Our consultation told us that people would like to see much more from the market square, in particular.

Simon Smith

Executive Councillor for Finance and Resources