Cambridge United have revealed the football club’s intention to build a new multi-use, sustainable stadium in East Cambridge.
The English League 2 club has been working with property consultancy and club partner Stace– who worked latterly on the development of Tottenham Hotspur’s new stadium – and with world leading architects KSS, to develop a suitable concept design that fitted with the new identified land.
A site for the new stadium has been identified near to junction 35 (Quy) on the A14.
The brief was a sustainable design for a sustainable location, with multi-use purposes beyond the ability to host football matches such as – concerts, conferences, extended community activities, medical centres, and a quality design fit for Cambridge with a 12,000 capacity and scope to grow.
The club has been looking to move from its current home at the Abbey Stadium for a number of years.
A planning application for a Sporting Village based in Trumpington Meadows was withdrawn in 2017
Meanwhile, plans for a redeveloped Abbey Stadium were constrained by a need for affordable housing with a funding gap identified by the project group and Greater Cambridge Partnership, due to restrictions in how high housing could be built around the ground in early 2019.
The new possibility emerged in East Cambridge through aerospace company Marshall’s plans to relocate and are in line with County Council’s submission put forward earlier this year
The club said the scheme remains in its early stages, would be located on greenbelt land and plans for funding the development of the stadium are not arranged. It added:
However, the scheme has a number of factors in its favour and primarily fits within wider plans to improve transport across the city of Cambridge, including the introduction of a new metro system that would see both the stadium and a re-located Park and Ride station as a key destination for a Cambridge east line.
Club CEO Ian Mather presented the vision to key stakeholders and companies from across the city including the Mayor of Cambridgeshire James Palmer, at the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Development conference at the Guildhall.