Public consultation for Cambridge Wilde plans

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UK: A consultation event showcasing proposals to redevelop a Cambridge car park into a Wilde by Staycity aparthotel took place last week.

The open event took place at the city's Guildhall and featured display boards to illustrate how the aparthotel and car park will look.

Cambridge Investment Partnership (CIP), which is a collaboration between Cambridge City Council and Hill Investment Partnerships, is working with development partner Marick Real Estate (MRE) to submit a detailed planning application for the redevelopment following the consultation. Council officers, representatives from MRE and Staycity were on hand at the event. Feedback received will be used to shape proposals for the final planning application.

Cllr Lewis Herbert, leader of the city council, said: "Creating a new underground car and cycle park and adding an aparthotel at Park Street will be a major improvement for this part of the city centre. We will be replacing an outdated car park with a scheme that will add a long-term economic boost for the area north of the historic city core, including electric charging able to service every parking place in the future. The new car park will offer 60 per cent of current car capacity which reflects actual usage and aligns with our strategy to encourage people to use public transport in order to improve air quality. The aparthotel will diversify the city's visitor accommodation, helping to increase the length of stays which is good news for local businesses. We will continue to work closely with Park Street liaison group, residents, businesses and the local primary school to keep them informed and to minimise disruption once the redevelopment gets under way."

The proposed Wilde aparthotel will feature a maximum of 229 units, a publicly accessible courtyard with landscaping, and a food and beverage offer tailored to its guests.

The basement car park is set to provide 225 publicly available car parking spaces, including blue badge parking, cycle parking spaces, motorcycle parking space and facilities for electric vehicle charging.

Wilde Aparthotels is Staycity's design-led premium brand, offering high quality, bespoke apartments equipped with the latest intelligent in-room technology including a 43" flat screen smart TV and touch control panels for lighting, air conditioning, towel rails and blinds. Luxury features include a super-comfy XL-sized bed, rainfall shower and high quality bed linen complemented by a collection of Irish-inspired crafted accessories and soft furnishings.


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