A collection of beach huts has arrived at CB1, the vibrant new city quarter being developed around Cambridge station.
Home to local entrepreneurial pop-ups, the beach huts are providing commuters and local clientele with a convenient retail and food & beverage offer.
Established Cambridge enterprises The Bike Station, Cambridge Farmers’ Outlet and the Market Barber Sunny Luckhoo will be joined by Flowers by Elizabeth Jane and The Coffee Stop. The Beach Huts will offer everything from bike repairs, local produce, fresh flowers and bouquets, a quick hair cut to that essential morning coffee.
The Bike Station: Set up by Tony Fatibene who has 22 years’ experience in the bike industry, The Bike Station provides a full service offer plus general repairs such as punctures, along with second hand bikes for sale for budding cyclists.
Cambridge Farmers’ Outlet: The farmers’ market shop has set up a small format outlet of their successful city centre co-operative, open since 2008. The beach hut farmers’ outlet will offer produce from local farmers at competitive prices. Tailored to the commuter market, the shop will offer prepared sandwiches, soup and lunch options, as well as conveniently prepared dinner ingredients.
Market Barber, Sunny Luckhoo: The Market Barber Sunny Luckhoo set up three years ago in the Market Square and has now relocated to one of the new beach huts. Prior to setting up in Cambridge Sunny was a stylist in Hollywood for 20 years.
Flowers by Elizabeth Jane: A former florist to The Dorchester, Elizabeth is now providing fresh flowers every day to her loyal following in Cambridge. A media recruitment professional, Elizabeth embarked on a change of career and trained as a florist while also gaining expertise at the renowned The Flower Stand, Chelsea.
Gertie and The Coffee Stop: Gertie the Piaggio coffee van is already a familiar sight on Station Road, having serving coffee to locals for over a year. While coffee and a special winter hot chocolate menu will continue to be served from the Piaggio, the beach hut situated alongside now serving homemade cakes, treats and snacks, with seating provided for those wishing to take a moment to enjoy a winter warmer.
A spokesperson from Brookgate, said: “The beach huts are a great addition to the area, complementing the likes of foodPark, Cambridge’s collective of street food traders, which are already creating a pop-up buzz around Station Road. The vendors for our colourful beach huts have been carefully selected to offer truly unique goods and services to visitors and commuters. CB1 is destined to be a thriving city quarter and it is befitting that we enhance the cultural offer now that works on site are well underway.”
CB1 is set to provide a significant boost to Cambridge’s economy by creating a thriving gateway to the city and attracting businesses, residents and visitors to the area. CB1 is already home to a growing cluster of global and high growth companies including Microsoft, Mott MacDonald, Deloitte, Thales and Carter Jonas.
The mixed-use project will also provide a £4.5m upgrade to Cambridge Station, a new public square, a multi-storey cycle park, homes, shopping and leisure, in a contemporary and well-managed environment.