Cambridge 2000: Thompson's Lane: The Varsity Hotel and Spa

Description: Thompson's Lane: The Varsity Hotel and Spa
Date built: 2008-2010
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Date photograph taken: 30 Oct 2010 (Alternative map: Google map)

This is a good example of the planning system gone wrong. The building is way too high for the neighbourhood, at seven storeys. The developer kept changing the application, from residential to part residential to a hotel. At the front the ground floor view is dominated by a blank wall and the service entrance. The hotel entrance, at the right in the photo, is barely noticeable.

The access to the site by car is not good. And there is no parking for guests. The nearest car parking is in the Park Street Car Park, which is around 100m by foot but around 2km by car.

Fortunately the rooms inside seem to have been designed with a bit more thought than was put into the building.

In May/June 2011 the blank wall at the left on the ground floor was replaced by a sculpture, Helix, by Christophe Gordon-Brown (in fact it is a double helix, which is appropriate in Cambridge).

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