A Stadium of Two Halves…

Grosvenor, together with local partner Wrenbridge, have embarked upon an ambitious and exciting project to develop a Sporting Village which will feature a new Community Stadium that will be the new home of Cambridge United Football Club(CUFC).

The community stadium has been designed by Studio Egret West as an integrated, mixed use building with use and materiality complimenting both urban and rural aspects. This has led to two unique and responsive elevations. Rather than a stand alone object building the community stadium will mesh into the surrounding built and natural Cambridge landscape. Some early images of the “inspirational and accessible” stadium were included in the match programme for Cambridge United’s special game against a West Ham XI last night. We attended the game that was held to showcase the work of CUFC’s Youth & Community Trust (CUYCT) andits need for new facilities, which the proposed Community Stadium and Sporting Village would incorporate.

As well as an 8,000 capacity stadium current proposals for the Cambridge Sporting Village include an indoor sports dome and improved facilities for the CUYCT, as well outdoor sports pitches and community and leisure facilities. The plan for the community stadium also includes Sports Science laboratories and classrooms for Anglia Ruskin University (ARU). 

Cambridge United First Team Manager Jez George said: “Seeing these early designs is really exciting for the whole football club. We already know how important the Cambridge Sporting Village is for our future but seeing these fantastic early ideas of how it could look really lifts everyone at the club. “The new stadium is vital to the future of this club and the CUYCT. We are so much more than just a football club and this stadium will give us the opportunity to expand the Trust’s community activities and put the Football Club back where it belongs – in The Football League.”