Liz Lake Associates were appointed by Commercial Estates Group and LaSalle Investment Management to provide landscape design services for the proposed extension of the Peterhouse Technology Park, Cambridge. The proposed development will provide new headquarters for ARM Holdings accommodating an additional 2,500 employees.
The landscape design brief required the consideration of the existing business park landscape composition and the establishment of a high quality landscape setting for the new office accommodation. The landscape design should respond to the site location on the edge of the Cambridge Green Belt.
The landscape design seeks to create a high quality distinctive scheme and a new element of urban fabric that integrates, in a contemporary way with the existing Peterhouse Technology Park, while complementing and enhancing the built forms of the new office accommodation and car park structures. The proposed scheme prioritizes pedestrian access throughout the development. It is the objective of the public realm proposals to create a sense of place, incorporating clear visual connections and way finding, places to pause coordinated with vehicular parking and service access.
Expansion into the green belt by the £15 billion microprocessor firm was approved by the city council in September 2015. This will allow the firm to double the number of staff based at its offices on the Peterhouse Technology Park to around 2,500 and keep its global headquarters in Cambridge, boosting the local economy. Works on site have recently begun (Autumn 2016).