20 December 2012
BROOKGATE OPENS NEW MICROSOFT RESEARCH BUILDING AT CB1
21 Station Road to become new Cambridge headquarters for Microsoft Research
Cambridge, 18 December 2012 - Brookgate, the Cambridge-based mixed-use development company, opened the new home of Microsoft Research at 21 Station Road today. The opening of the building which is part of the CB1 masterplan was celebrated with an event at the site attended by the Mayor of Cambridge Cllr Sheila Stuart and Microsoft Research Laboratory Director, Professor Andrew Blake.
The new six storey 83,500 sq ft building at 21 Station Road, designed by Chetwoods Architects was pre-let on a 20 year lease to Microsoft Research which has decided to base its European Research headquarters at CB1. The building will house circa 220 employees in state of the art accommodation, encouraging greater collaboration and the generation of new ideas.
The building has a BREEAM excellent rating for sustainability, with the development also actively promoting the use of bicycles with provision for over 300 cycle spaces within the scheme.
Sven Töpel, Chief Executive of Brookgate, said:
“Microsoft Research’s decision to locate its European Research headquarters to CB1 demonstrates the development’s ability to create an environment capable of meeting the very specific requirements of a world leading company in the ever growing technology sector. Retaining a firm of this calibre will help Cambridge to strengthen its competitive status, and will galvanise regeneration of the city centre.”