First glimpse at what the second phase of Golden Valley development could look like

As developer HBD appoints an architect to lead on the design of the next phase in Cheltenham's landmark Golden Valley development, two new CGI images reveal what the next two buildings in the cyber complex might look like.

By Annabel Lammas  |  Published

The Golden Valley development is moving into the next stage of delivery, with architect Sheppard Robson appointed to lead on the design of phase two.

The development is one of the UK's most high-profile projects, creating a 'cyber capital' that comprises one million sq ft of commercial space, over 1,000 new low-carbon homes, alongside various community services, amenities and green space in west Cheltenham.

Once complete, it's expected to create 12,000 local jobs, too.

Developer HBD has selected Sheppard Robson, an award-winning architecture practice, to take responsibility for the design of the next two Golden Valley buildings. 

The new designs will play an important role in meeting HBD's sustainability goals for the development, targeting BREEAM Excellent and EPC A ratings for office buildings, with Sheppard Robson considering the buildings' fabric from the outside in to maximise energy efficiency.

Meanwhile, architect BDP continues work on designs for the Innovation Centre and mobility hub, forming the first phase of the development.

HBD is responsible for delivering the Golden Valley development, alongside Cheltenham Borough Council and with support from local partners.

Matt Bellshaw, director at HBD, said: 'It’s fantastic to have Sheppard Robson on board as we build a world-class team to deliver Golden Valley.

'With planning permission submitted in October, and proposals for the National Cyber Innovation Centre soon to follow, the appointment represents a major step forward for the project as we begin to move our focus from concept stage to delivery.'

Paul Jones, deputy chief executive of Cheltenham Borough Council, added: 'We are delighted to be working with our partners, who share our vision to create an internationally significant hub for cyber and security, which will protect Cheltenham’s future with jobs, training and career opportunities, whilst also creating a sustainable community for the people of Cheltenham.'

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