Future Business Centre — Cambridge

Citylife / Interserve

Jonathan Cook Landscape Architects / Bidwells / MLM / Davis Langdon Aecom

The Hive project – described as “an enterprise and education park for a generation of change” – is located on the urban fringe of Cambridge. The Hive is a collective project intended to nurture business that is good for society and the environment, and is a partnership between Cambridgeshire County Council, Cambridge Regional College, and social enterprise charity Citylife.

The Hive will work with professionals working in construction who want to update their skills to adapt to a low-carbon economy; young people looking for vocational training in sustainable construction techniques; and businesses set up to tackle social or environmental needs.

5th Studio were masterplanners for the whole project and designed the key building on the site for Citylife - the Future Business Centre. The buildings programme supports charities learning to trade, social enterprises wanting to grow and companies developing products that result in social or environmental benefits. The project had a £7m budget and looked to achieve BREEAM Excellent standard.

5th Studio developed a strong vision for the building, guided the project through planning and developed proposals for the building to RIBA Stage E Employers Requirements, following which the project was delivered by the client / contractor Interserve’s executive architect.

View from the landscaped space at the heart of the ‘Hive’

Image of the entrance to the Future Business Centre from Kings Hedges Road

Spaces for intellectual exchange – a conference room opening on to the shared atrium

Tim Soar



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