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Last updateFri, 07 Dec 2018 10am

Mount Pleasant House demolition

A prominent north Cambridge based office block, dating back to the 1970s is currently undergoing demolition from local firm Mick George Ltd.

The 1.4acre site, comprising a 42,000sq. feet multi-let office building is being redeveloped by Howard Osborne LLP, a joint venture between Cambridge-based property company Howard Group and Osborne. 

Bought for £10.66m from the Universities Seuperannuation Scheme (USS), the iconic octagonal-towered building that forms one of the main gateways into the city centre, will be redeveloped into modern, purpose built accommodation for St. Edmunds College.

The proposal will see the existing office building and 145 car parking spaces demolished and replaced with four new blocks centred around two south-facing courtyards. The new grounds’ will consist of 199 en-suite student rooms and 74 self-contained studio’s for academic staff and post-graduates, as well as cycle storage for 306 bikes, to encourage sustainable transport around the city.

The Demolition works from Mick George Ltd kick-starts an 18 month construction programme, which is anticipated to be complete, ready for occupation in the summer of 2019. 

Willam Jewson, spokesperson on behalf of Howard Osborne LLP said: ‘’The development will provide high quality graduate accommodation for St. Edmunds College in an ideal location, at the same time as regenerating the Mount Pleasant Site.’’

Due to the close proximity of commercial office buildings, education facilities, road networks, and residential housing, special deconstruction and demolition techniques are being utilised to ensure the safety of all within immediate reach of the site. In addition, the building has been entirely wrapped, to create a visual, sound and dust barrier, further protecting against any disruption to those in the vicinity.

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Michael George, Contracts Director at Mick George Ltd commented: ‘’Cambridge is very much our homeland, so it is a pleasure to be working in partnership with another two family-owned local businesses, especially when community interest’ is genuinely a driving force behind their involvement with the project.‘’

George Continued: ‘’Like ourselves, they have a vested interest in improving the infrastructure of the county of Cambridgeshire and gearing it towards future success.‘’