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Plans unveiled for Cambridge revamp

Freeland Rees Roberts Architects have announced that their plans to redevelop part of the historic Guildhall ‘Island’ site in Cambridge City centre have now secured planning consent.

The plans include the relocation of the Visitor Information Centre (VIC) and the Cambridge City Council Box Office. Redevelopment of the former Age Concern Day Centre in Parsons Court opposite is also proposed, to provide offices for the Council’s Arts & Entertainment’s team.

As part of the project, the Council has agreed outline terms to let the space now occupied by the Visitor Information Office and Box Office to ‘Jamie’s Italian’ - a new Italian-themed restaurant chain being created by Jamie Oliver.

Jeremy Lander, Director of Freeland Rees Roberts Architects, said: “As all the buildings involved are grade II listed, any alterations have to be handled in a sensitive manner to protect the original features they contain whilst enhancing the space to support the modern day operations of the Council.

"We had already prepared a Conservation Plan for the Guildhall and this helped considerably. We are looking forward to working with the new Restaurant tenants to help them make the most of the fabulous Rotunda and corner site.”