Kadans job dependent on adequate water strategy

Life sciences developer Kadans has been granted planning permission for more work in Cambridge.

The firm is behind plans to construct 139,000 sq ft of purpose-built laboratory and office space at Merlin Place in the Cambridge North cluster.

The six-storey development, which has been designed to accommodate bio-tech, pharma, med-tech and digital health companies, will replace a three-storey office built in the 1980s. A new cafe will be included on the ground floor.


Merlin Place in Cambridge has been designed by HOK

As a condition of approval, city councillors have told Kadans to develop a scheme for grey water harvesting and recycling and submit evidence relating to water efficiency before it can begin construction, citing “serious water stress facing the area”.

HOK is the architect on the scheme, CB3 is the cost consultant, AKT-II is structural engineer and PSK is the project manager, while Hoare Lea is M&E consultant.

Last week, Manchester City Council gave permission to an application submitted jointly by Kadans and McLaren for a mixed-use scheme in the city.

The pair are working with Moda Living as part of a wider masterplan for Upper Brook Street in Ardwick.