New Microsoft Research headquarters to open in Cambridge, UK

A large-scale redevelopment in one of Cambridge’s most popular areas for visitors, Station Road, is to see the arrival of a new 77,000 square foot headquarters building for Microsoft Research.

Construction of the new Microsoft building in Cambridge, UK is the first part of a huge overhaul of the surrounding area, which will see the arrival of a number of new shops, student accommodations, and residential areas over the next few years.

The main Microsoft Research headquarters could well be finished and fully occupied by the end of 2012, with development able to start as of today. Currently Microsoft has a research center based in the Roger Needham Building on Thomson Avenue in Cambridge, just off Madingley Road.

Sven Topel, the chief executive of Brookgate, the company who is set to oversee the development of the new area said, “This is a major step forward for the commercial development within CB1 and the arrival of Microsoft Research is a great testament to the project.”

Microsoft has had ties to Cambridge for many years, not just in areas of research, but also in some development. The move to Station road in Cambridge has been on the cards for some time, but the go-ahead for work to begin was only given yesterday.

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Development finished by the end of 2012?
Didn't they realise the world is ending on the 12th of December? According to X-Files anyway

Seriously though, great news for the UK!
I guess it will give Cambridge Uni students something to aspire to?

Mr Spoon said,
Development finished by the end of 2012?
Didn't they realise the world is ending on the 12th of December? According to X-Files anyway

Seriously though, great news for the UK!
I guess it will give Cambridge Uni students something to aspire to?

and just 10 minutes away from me!

Mr Spoon said,
Development finished by the end of 2012?
Didn't they realise the world is ending on the 12th of December? According to X-Files anyway

Don't you realise.... this is the reason the world ends...

Yeah is really good news and pretty sure it was a tactful decision moving it near Cambridge university.

Good to have more IT companies expanding in the UK!

What surprises me is that this is only being reported now, even on local BBC Radio station, BBC Radio Cambridgeshire.

It was reported by the Cambridge News as far back as April 2010! (http://www.cambridge-news.co.u...osoft-confirms-cb1-move.htm) Although, back then it wasn't going to be the Microsoft Research HQ though. It also looks like the area/size of the premises has decreased as well...in 2010 Cambridge NEws reported 83 500 sq ft, but now only 77 000.

Salem874 said,
What surprises me is that this is only being reported now, even on local BBC Radio station, BBC Radio Cambridgeshire.

It was reported by the Cambridge News as far back as April 2010! (http://www.cambridge-news.co.u...osoft-confirms-cb1-move.htm) Although, back then it wasn't going to be the Microsoft Research HQ though. It also looks like the area/size of the premises has decreased as well...in 2010 Cambridge NEws reported 83 500 sq ft, but now only 77 000.

As the article said - its been ongoing and only officially confirmed as getting a go ahead yesterday. It's been well known for a lot longer than last year that they wanted to do a big move to the Station road area.

Good news either way. I'll be visiting!

Godlike_Ape said,
Dammit! I left Cambridge for London six months ago.

It looks a lot nicer than the building that's there at the moment too.

Yeah buts its just an image showing what they hope it will look like, we know what they usually end up looking like in Cambridge most of the time!

I visited one of their previous buildings in Cambridge while it was under construction a few years ago - a surprisingly interesting time to visit, seeing all the building systems being put together (since it was a research building, they were going for all the latest stuff).

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