Councillors on the Strategy and Resources Scrutiny Committee agreed to appoint a design and consultancy team (including architects and engineers) to produce a detailed options and feasibility report for the Civic Quarter, focused on major improvements to the Market Square, Guildhall and Corn Exchange.

All stakeholders – including market traders, liaison group members, members of the public and other stakeholders – will have an opportunity to contribute to the design process with a community involvement process likely to start in May / June 2024.

Building on the previous Market Square consultation with market traders and Cambridge residents, the Civic Quarter project will consider a combined vision that celebrates Cambridge’s history and heritage, helps the council to meet its net zero carbon by 2030 target, improves access and opportunity, and enhances the area for all.

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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.

Cllr Simon Smith

Simon Smith

Executive Councillor for Finance and Resources