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15Oct92 UK: MORRISON IN £40M BLUE CIRCLE LINK AT CAMBRIDGE QUARRY.

Morrison is likely to take the lion's share of work on two projects valued at £40 million on quarry land owned by Blue Circle in the Cherry Hinton area of Cambridge.Morrison and Blue Circle have teamed up to develop a £25 million leisure complex and a £15 million business/retail park, and work on both is expected to get under way next year.The leisure complex will occupy about 11 ha and has a provisional opening date of Easter 1994.The centrepiece will occupy about 11 ha and has a provisional opening date of Easter 1994.The centrepiece will be a two-storey, 70-bedroom hotel. Also included are a multiscreen cinema, a 10-pin bowling alley, nightclub, two restaurants and possibly a motor showroom.Keith Day of Gillingham, Kent, is the scheme's architect, with Cambridge firm Colin Smith planning consultant.It is understood that planning consent for the business/retail park is expected next February or March, with enabling work getting under way soon after.The 12 ha site is to the north of the Cambridge-Ipswich railway line and consists of the former Norman Cement works, an unfilled quarry and a row of six houses.The proposal, as it stands, includes 14,000 sq m of offices and light industrial units; 9,000 sq m of retail warehousing; and 7,000 sq m of offices.It is understood that Morrison has contributed to an impact assessment study of the two proposals which was demanded by the Department of the Environment. The study is due to be completed soon.To the south of the railway line, a total area of 18 ha could be devoted to a nature reserve, with landscaping around the lakes. To the west, a further 8 ha could be devoted to a golf driving range.A traffic impact study carried out by Travers Morgan has found that levels of traffic generated from the proposed development will be similar to those resulting from a local plan in 1986, which earmarked around 11 ha of land on the cement works and quarries site for industrial and business developments.