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Marshall Aerospace relocation

Our Aerospace business has been located on its current site on South Works, Newmarket Road since 1937, during which time it has built a reputation as a world leader in military aircraft maintenance and modification.

The opportunity to relocate to a new, purpose-built facility in Cranfield in Bedfordshire will provide the business with the opportunity to modernise and grow whilst still maintaining the majority of its highly skilled workforce.

Having secured outline planning permission in April this year, we expect to begin the transition to Cranfield from 2027 with the intention of completing the move by 2030 at the latest, making way for the development of the airport land.

Whilst our Aerospace business will no longer be in the city, Cambridge will continue to sit at the very heart of the Marshall Group with some of our existing operations remaining, meaning we can continue to provide highly skilled employment as well as a range of training opportunities for generations to come.

Future plans

Having put the Cambridge Airport land forward for inclusion in the Greater Cambridgeshire Local Plan we want to work alongside the people of Cambridge to create an extraordinary new place providing world-class education, employment and housing opportunities.

We will engage extensively with the local community to ensure that Cambridge East is co-created by the people of Cambridge for the people of Cambridge and are excited to be asking residents to share their ideas of what we could achieve together as we build and extraordinary future for our great city.


We are still in the very early stages of exploring ideas for Cambridge East and what might be possible, as we progress through the various stages of the project there will be numerous opportunities to get involved in shaping our final proposals.

This current exercise is all about understanding what is important to people of all backgrounds, ages and interests to ensure that we ultimately make Cambridge East a place everyone can enjoy and be proud of.

Listening & learning


Initial engagement with the community to help shape our thinking and vision for the site prior to any design work.

Further engagement


Further engagement on the opportunity for Cambridge East and initial proposals for community feedback.

Target relocation


Marshall Aerospace vacates the site making it available for redevelopment.