The St Matthew’s Centre is occupied by the Cambridge School of Visual & Performing Arts – a specialist art, design, drama, and music school.
The site lies to the east of Cambridge city centre and is bordered by Sturton Street, New Street, York Street and St Matthew’s Piece. It is surrounded by fencing and mature trees, with car parking accessed from New Street. There is an additional area of open space to the east of the St Matthew’s Centre and a network of paths which break St Matthew’s Piece into several small green areas.
The St Matthew’s Centre is identified as a potential development site within Cambridge City Council’s ‘Eastern Gate’ area – an area stretching from the Crown Court, past the Elizabeth Way roundabout to the beginning of the Cambridge Retail Park.
The Council’s vision for the ‘Eastern Gate’ area is focused on regenerating and transforming a key approach to the city through high-quality development.
The St Matthew’s Centre will continue to be occupied by the Cambridge School of Visual & Performing Arts, with a high-quality, contemporary new sustainable building built on top of it.
It is a complex site with an extensive planning history. Its careful re-use rIt is a complex site with an extensive planning history. Its careful re-use will bring life and activity back to an unloved and underused area, generate additional funds to invest in St Matthew’s Piece and help meet the challenge of accommodating Cambridge’s student population.