Regenerating the City of Cambridge

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The Grand Arcade in Cambridge, which opened in 2008, has become a go-to destination for luxury shopping in the region. Built over three sky-lit floors, the center boasts over 60 stores and restaurants, with the latest in fashion, beauty, home, technology, jewelry, and dining.

The 450,000 sq ft Grand Arcade scheme entailed the redevelopment of a major part of Cambridge City Centre. The regeneration area is bordered by St Andrew's Street, Downing Street (up to the Crowne Plaza) and St Tibbs Row, and provides a link through to the Lion Yard Shopping Centre. A three-story John Lewis department store (formerly Robert Sayles) sits at the center of the retail development following a major rebuild.


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The existing properties in the regeneration area (excluding the historic frontage) were demolished to make way for the new department store, more shops, and a replacement car park. The listed buildings and historic frontages along St Andrew's Street were retained within the overall design, which relies predominantly on the use of natural rather than man-made materials including stone, glass, steel, and timber.

The build notably includes The Grand Arcade Cycle Park – the UK’s biggest free indoor city center cycle park. It is the first dedicated cycle park connected to a shopping center in the UK and provides space for around 500 cycle parking spaces and a cycle shop. Grand Arcade also houses the new Cambridge Magistrates' Court and the Cambridge Library.


To support this development, Asite’s project management platform was deployed to optimize workflows and facilitate collaboration across all stakeholders and on all areas of the project. Asite also provided an archive to store all project data, including all project records, metadata, and audit trail history.

The use of Asite here granted the ability to control and report on the flow of information over the entire lifecycle of the project, thus reducing risks and improving productivity and control throughout.


Huge global brands, including Tesla, have set up a home in the shopping center, solidifying its reputation as a premium retail destination.

In 2010, Grand Arcade beat out some of the world’s finest shopping centers to win the Advertising Effectiveness award at the prestigious International Council of Shopping Centres (ICSC) Best-of-the-Best Awards. 

The prize was awarded for Grand Arcade’s Architects of Fashion campaign, recognizing the creative content and the effectiveness in appealing to customers, which marked the center’s launch and first Christmas.


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(London, United Kingdom) - ABP (Advanced Business Park) is a Chinese developer with extensive experience in turning regeneration sites into thriving business ports. The company has established a reputation for developing large-scale enterprise districts and, in 2013, expanded its operations to the UK. ABP was chosen by the Greater London Authority for the Royal Albert Dock project in East London.

ABP Royal Albert Dock is a mixed-use £1.7 billion scheme, aiming to deliver 4.7 million sq ft of development on a 35-acre site and transform the area into London’s third business and financial district. The project is one of the largest development schemes planned for the UK capital and will see the creation of a diverse trading hub.

Considered one of the capital’s most successful regeneration projects in recent years, the scheme aims to create a vibrant hub with supporting residential, retail and leisure facilities across 88 new buildings and three restored historic buildings, all serviced by important transport links, including Crossrail.

The largest development scheme of its kind, Royal Albert Dock will be delivered in six phases. Phase one was completed in 2019 and has seen 460,000 sq ft of office space created across 21 buildings. The community includes workspaces with flexible rental periods, ranging from 1,300 to 460,000 sq ft. The second phase is set to go through the planning process in early 2020; the intention is to include more office spaces, flats, and membership clubs.

Stanhope was chosen as the development manager on the project, and Asite assisted ABP in the selection process with the Greater London Authority, who owns the site. Asite provided a collaborative BIM solution along with a Bid, AppBuilder, and Workflow Management solutions.

The implementation allowed for better, more streamlined collaboration throughout the delivery of the initial phase of the project. Additionally, archive functionality allowed stakeholders to view all documentation stored during the life of the project, as well as access to their complete audit history.

With Asite’s support, business intelligence was delivered to teams on the ground in real-time, enabling decision-makers to harness instant information that influences the progress of the project positively.


Royal Albert Dock offers an affordable range of spaces along with flexible terms to accommodate growth. The scheme, with its 26-year lifespan, is well on its way to becoming a European hub for Asian investors who have recently committed themselves to the district despite the uncertainties of Brexit. With growing transport links and a community-led atmosphere, the area has the potential to become a beacon in East London and, more importantly, boost local employment by 30%.



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