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Cambridge Market Square project: Proposed Vision and Concept Design consultation

This public consultation was open from 19 May to 31 July 2021. We presented a report on it to the Environment and Community Scrutiny Committee in March 2022.

As owners of the market square and its seven-day-a-week outdoor market, we are proposing a multi-million-pound project to transform the design, appearance and day, evening and night time use of this key city centre space, whilst being sensitive to its rich heritage value; and safeguarding the future of its daily local market. 

The aim of this project is to have a market square which meets the needs of Cambridge residents and renovates and improves the associated physical infrastructure of the space, making it a more inclusive, attractive and vibrant place in which to trade, shop and visit, both during the day and into the evening and night. 

We started this project by identifying and assessing the current design and management issues of the market square and its daily outdoor market use. We then reviewed the results of this assessment, together with the input of technical specialists and community stakeholders, including market traders, to create a proposed high-level vision and outline design for the space.

The proposed project Vision and Concept Design was approved for public consultation at our Environment and Communities Scrutiny Committee in March 2021.

Our proposed design improvements include creating a wide central seating area within a new outdoor market layout, upgrading the market infrastructure and improving the flexibility of the space, through having robust demountable stalls, so that the square can be flexibly used for other community activities into the evening and night. 

Before we go any further with our project planning, we want to find out what you think of our outline proposals and how well they meet your needs. We want to hear any suggestions you have on how the square should be renovated and improved, and for you to tell us what you think about the demountable stall system on display in the market square.

Have your say

To have your say on our proposed Vision and Concept Design for the square and the demountable stall system, please complete our online surveys.

Cambridge Market Square project survey

Demountable stall trial survey

If you have any questions about the consultation or project, contact

The consultation is open until 5pm on 31 July 2021. We will consider all comments, although we cannot respond to them individually.

If you would like to request a paper copy of this survey please email or telephone 01223 457315. Paper copies can be returned free of charge to the following address: Market Square Survey, Freepost, PO Box 700, Cambridge CB1 0JH.

Next steps

The results of the consultation, including those from the demountable market stall trials, together with any recommended changes to the proposed Vision and Concept Design, will be considered by our Environment and Communities Scrutiny Committee in March 2022.

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