Hello and welcome to our consultation website.

The St Matthew’s Centre proposals consultation is now closed – thank you to everyone who took part.

We will thoroughly review all of the feedback that has been received throughout the consultation process and make any amendments to the scheme before submitting a planning application to Cambridge City Council.

A report summarising the findings of the public consultation will be submitted with the planning application.

The purpose of this website is to keep you up-to-date on our activities, and the progress of the application.

If you have comments or questions on the proposals, please:

Email us: [email protected]
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Telephone us: 0800 689 5209


Hello and welcome

Hello and welcome to the website which explains our approach to rejuvenating the St Matthew’s Centre site. On this website you will be able to find out more about our proposals and provide your feedback.

About the project

Federated Hermes acquired the St Matthew’s Centre from Chard Robinson in 2018. It is a complex site with an extensive planning history. Its careful re-use will bring life and activity back to an underused area, generate additional funds to invest in St Matthew’s Piece and help meet the challenge of accommodating Cambridge’s student population.

Our ideas

  • Café in the park

    A new café with a large outdoor seating area opening onto St Matthew’s Piece – an ideal spot to relax for regular and first-time visitors to the park.

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  • Student living

    A high-quality, contemporary new building for student living. According to a Cambridge City Council report published in 2017* 8,959 purpose-built student rooms need to be built by 2026 to meet current and future accommodation needs.

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  • Design

    The new building will be lifted off the ground on a series of natural timber stilts that will place it on top of the St Matthew’s Centre and the existing car park. The existing ugly plant on the St Matthew’s Centre roof will be removed.

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  • Sustainability

    A low-energy, sustainable building designed to achieve a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating – a sustainability benchmark attained only by the top 10% of developments.

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  • Landscape

    A new wildlife friendly garden and wildflower meadow planting – helping birds, insects and animals and improving the setting of St Matthew’s Piece

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  • Transport

    Located in the centre of Cambridge, it will be possible to safely walk or cycle to university, to the shops and to the city centre.

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Our news

  • Public consultation now closed
    The St Matthew’s Centre proposals consultation is now closed – thank you to everyone who took part. We will thoroughly review all of the feedback…
  • Do you know anyone unable to get online?
    This week, Federated Hermes launched a public consultation website so that members of the public can review plans to rejuvenate the St Matthew’s Centre site.…
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