Cambridge, CB3 0AP

Shire Hall

119582 - 119582 sqft
1195 desks
The Shire Hall site offers a unique development and investment opportunity in the heart of Cambridge city centre

The Shire Hall site is held freehold by Cambridgeshire County Council and extends to approximately 3.2 acres (1.3 hectares).

The site currently contains four buildings (all of which are now vacant), associated car parking and areas of open space.

Shire Hall, built in the 1930’s, is the largest building on site, laid out over five floors from basement to third floor level around two atria.

The Octagon is a northern linked extension to Shire Hall, constructed in the 1960’s and arranged over four floors from basement to second floor level.

Castle Lodge (former Registration Services) is of single-storey construction.

The Old Police Station fronts Castle Street and is arranged over ground and first floors.

There are three surface car parking areas on the Shire Hall site, including the main car park currently used as a public pay and display car park, with vehicular from Castle Street.

The asset specifically excludes the adjoining Castle Mound (to the south) and the Civil War Earthworks (to the east), both of which are designated as Scheduled Monuments.

The Castel Hill lawn and 42 Castle Street are also excluded from the Shire Hall site, again to be retained by Cambridgeshire County Council.

Property details

Key features

Until 2021 the administrative seat of Cambridgeshire County Council, before vacating the site and moving to its new headquarters at New Shire Hall, Alconbury Weald.
The site currently houses Shire Hall and three further buildings, together providing approximately 120,000 sq ft (11,150 sq m) of accommodation (GIA), together with various car parking areas.
The Shire Hall site lies within a sustainable mixed-use location, providing a rare opportunity to develop the site for a variety of alternative potential uses, including offices & laboratories, hotel, residential, student and senior living, subject to the necessary consents.
Extending to around 3.2 acres (1.3 hectares), the site is held freehold by the Council and offered with vacant possession.
The adjoining Castle Mound, the Civil War Earthworks and the Castle Hill lawn from the sale, all of which will be retained by Cambridgeshire County Council.
Proposals are invited from potential development partners and investors for the purchase and development of the Shire Hall site.

Specifications

  • Build Status : Speculative
  • Planning Status : Pre Planning

Location

Shire Hall, Cambridge CB3 0AP
A map that shows the location of the property

The Shire Hall site is situated in a prominent location on Castle Street, within a short walking distance of the city centre approximately 0.25 miles (0.4 km) to the south. A number of the city’s most popular and historic landmarks (including the River Cam, the Bridge of Sighs and the Museum of Cambridge) as well as many of the Cambridge colleges (including Clare College, St John’s College, Magdalene College and Trinity College) are all situated nearby. The site benefits from a significant frontage to Castle Street, which itself leads to Huntingdon Road to the north and Magdalene Street to the south (in turn becoming Bridge Street and then Sydney Street, the city’s main retail thoroughfare). As well as being well connected to the local highway network, the Shire Hall site is well served by multiple bus routes from numerous bus stops on Castle Street. Cambridge is one of the most bike-friendly cities in the UK, also making the site ideally situated for cycling, as well as exploration on foot. The surrounding area is of mixed use, with predominantly residential, office, retail and student accommodation. The area immediately to the east of the Shire Hall site (beyond the Civil War Earthworks) is residential; to the south (beyond Castle Mound) is Clare College; to the north is the Castle Court student accommodation and Castle Park office development; with the west of the site bounded by Castle Street itself.

Costs and availability

All costs are per annum.
Name
sq ft Size
per sq ft Rent
per sq ft Service charge
per sq ft Rates
Total
Status
Unit - Shire Hall Fitted out in generic style
Size sq ft
73,174
Rent per sq ft
£0
Service charge per sq ft
POA
Rates per sq ft
N/A
Total
£0
Status
Available
Unit - The Octagon Fitted out in generic style
Size sq ft
36,710
Rent per sq ft
£0
Service charge per sq ft
POA
Rates per sq ft
N/A
Total
£0
Status
Available
Unit - Castle Lodge Fitted out in generic style
Size sq ft
3,913
Rent per sq ft
£0
Service charge per sq ft
POA
Rates per sq ft
N/A
Total
£0
Status
Available
Unit - Old Police Station Fitted out in generic style
Size sq ft
5,785
Rent per sq ft
£0
Service charge per sq ft
POA
Rates per sq ft
N/A
Total
£0
Status
Available