Great Kneighton life will focus around Hobson’s Square. It will be a gathering point of community facilities, including a new community / health centre, library, shops, and offices. The Square’s other roles will be transport hub, a place for meeting and socialising and an events space for concerts, festivals and markets.
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Another central element of Great Kneighton is the brand new 120-acre Country Park. It’s a wonderful public open space that contains woodland, four ponds, a bird reserve, allotments, playing fields for the new secondary school, a range of play areas and one and a half miles of footpaths. To date there has been over 14,000 new trees planted in the park, including eighty large semi-mature varieties.
Great Kneighton will benefit from its own community hub, with shops and other amenities close at hand for Virido homeowners. But just a short cycle or bus ride will take you into Cambridge, in all its cosmopolitan and creative glory. If shopping is your passion, the city’s historic centre is an enticing mecca of independent and artisan retailers. If you’re looking for big name brands, then head over to the Grand Arcade and discover the likes of John Lewis, Apple, The White Company, Ted Baker and Links of London.
If your taste buds need sating then your options are virtually limitless. From cafés to crêperies; from street food to Michelin-starred dining; and from chefs championing local produce to diverse international cuisines, there’s good food to suit every taste and mood. And with the people of Cambridge loving all things alfresco, you’ll find diners on rooftops, pavements and, naturally, by the river.
Cambridge city is bias towards an outdoor lifestyle – its pedestrianised streets, numerous parks and gardens and the river Cam provide a delightful natural environment to explore. Walking or cycling to Cambridge from Virido is a pleasure in itself, but once in the city, there is much to enjoy.
You’ll discover the glorious green spaces of Jesus Green, Parker’s Piece, Midsummer Common and the 40 acres of Cambridge University Botanic Garden. You’ll be stumbling upon open-air markets, enjoying riverside picnics and taking punt tours along the world-famous college ‘backs’ – an unmissable Cambridge institution.
Innovation and Education go hand in hand
Cambridge is home to an established cluster of science and technology-based businesses. Focusing on software, electronics, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology, the area is one of the most important technology centres in Europe.
Companies like Apple, Amazon, Google and Microsoft have all set up camp here. At its heart, and within striking distance of Virido, is the expanding Cambridge Biomedical Campus, which is set to be a truly global hub and a home to AstraZeneca, Papworth Hospital, Glaxosmithkline and Cancer Research amongst many others. Virido is conveniently positioned for an easy commute to this new innovation hub and the city beyond, all easily reached on foot, by bicycle or Guided Bus.
The city is known globally as the home of the University of Cambridge, an iconic institution and is regarded as one of the top five universities in the world. But the academic excellence doesn’t rest there. From primary schools to further education colleges, Cambridgeshire boasts numerous acclaimed learning establishments for its younger students too.
The Great Kneighton community itself will have a new primary school and 750-pupil secondary school, just north of Virido. To be known as Trumpington Community College, the new school will specialise in science subjects and Virido residents can benefit from its community sports facilities and playing fields.
Distances from Virido
City Centre (Market Square) 2.7 miles
Cambridge Train Station 2.1 miles
Biomedical Campus 0.9 miles
Addenbrooke’s Hospital 0.9 miles
Waitrose 1.1 miles
Trumpington Park & Ride 1.4 miles
Junction 11 M11 2.2 miles
Parkers Piece 2.0 miles
Cambridge Airport 4.1 miles
Cambridge Science Park 10.8 miles
All distances provided via Google Maps