Cambridge’s space squeeze eased

The new building at the top of Empire Street occupies a prime spot in terms of visual advantage.

One of the newest buildings in Cambridge’s CBD is a two-storey testimony to business optimism in the town – and it brings with it a Float Room.

The recently-completed building at 48 Empire Street is attracting a flush of public curiosity.

Interest in the site itself was piqued with the removal several years ago of the historic villa which was the last residential house in the street; curiosity continued as signs of progress on a development began to appear.

The multi-million-dollar building was completed in late August and the first of four tenants, Spoken Cycles, moved in last month. They were quickly followed by Cambridge Insurance Brokers, Construction Advantage, Cooney Insurance and Vigour Physiotherapy.

Owned by business consortium M4 Property, designed by LAD Architecture and developed by Construction Advantage, the two storey retail/office premises offers around 800 square metres of much-needed space in Cambridge. Fourteen carparks have been provided at the rear.

Construction Advantage director John Mason described the development as a “smooth operation”. He described the completed building as being in keeping with what was needed in Cambridge, and said construction had been wrapped up in just four months.

“We had looked at adding a third floor, but the results of a feasibility study suggested we remain with the two-storey option.”

Cooney Insurance director David Cooney has moved from the Dick Street villa he shared with Cooney Law, owned by his wife Jocelyn Cooney.

“Jocelyn will expand into the space left as we move to the new building.  My business had been looking for more room for quite some time; this new block is a sensible option for us.

“Our view is that we want to grow our business as the town continues to grow.”

Vigour Physiotherapy director Clarke McKenzie said the move to Empire Street had come on the back of growing demand for expanded facilities. The clinic now has six clinic rooms and a purpose-built 85 square metre gym space to optimise the recovery and rehabilitation of clients. The expansion has allowed for the addition of a Float Room which brings the benefits of flotation therapy to town.

First to move into the building was Spoken Cycles. They said the move offered greater space and better exposure than they had previously in Alpha Street. They were also able to benefit from a larger workshop area, space for meetings and a 3D Velogoic Bike Fit Zone.

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