Hydrock on the strategic masterplan team for Cyber Central Garden Community, Cheltenham

We are excited to be part of the combined team with Avison Young and Allies and Morrison architects preparing a strategic masterplan and a Supplementary Planning Document for a major development in Cheltenham to be known as Cyber Central Garden Community.

Cyber Central Garden Community Cheltenham

13th February, 2020

Avison Young has been appointed by Cheltenham Borough Council and Tewkesbury Borough Council to provide planning and development advice on a 132-ha site where the vision is to create a vibrant community, integrating hi-tech business, residential and leisure uses.

Working collaboratively with Avison Young and Allies and Morrison, Hydrock is providing specialist early stage advice on the engineering constraints and opportunities to guide the masterplan and inform the Supplementary Planning Document (SPD). Specifically, our multi-disciplinary team is advising on geo-environmental issues, flood risk, acoustics, air quality, odour, drainage strategies, transport planning and utilities. Our approach is coordinated by our dedicated in-house Programme Delivery team which in turn provides our client with a single point of focus for disseminating and discussing our findings and advice.

As a partnership between Gloucestershire County Council and GFirst LEP, Cyber Central aims to provide barrier-free knowledge-sharing and collaboration between industry, academia, government and the local community. As part of the Garden Communities programme, the site will deliver communities with local character, good employment opportunities and integrated and accessible transport. Homes England will be working with all the partners to deliver the project.

Stuart Penberthy who is coordinating Hydrock’s input from our Programme Delivery team, said: “This is an innovative development that really puts Cheltenham on the map as a growing, thriving and ambitious place to live and work. It’s exciting to be part of the team contributing to a masterplan which really is a blueprint for the future.”

Public consultation on the draft masterplan and SPD runs until 17 February and can be accessed via:


Contact: Stuart Penberthy

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