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Site identified for Cambridge computing museum


Published: 15th August 2011.


Article obtained from Cabume
Author: Lautaro Vargas
Date: 08 Aug 2011
Original article:

 Early discussions are underway about converting a former office building in Cambridge into the venue for a new Centre for Computing History.


A former Lloyds TSB building on Rock Road has two and a half years left to run on its lease, yet stands unoccupied.

Jason Fitzpatrick, the driving force behind what is essentially a computing museum, is eager to get the Centre into a Cambridge building as soon as possible, however, they must first overcome some regulatory hurdles before entering negotiations on a possible let.

Informal enquiries have been made regarding the 3,500 sq ft disused building, however an issue regarding disabled access on the first floor must be dealt with before terms can be discussed.

Fitzpatrick says it is the closest the Centre has come to a suitable place yet, mainly because of the potential price, which he expects to be discounted.

"I think it's a good site," said Fitzpatrick. "We are keen to get into Cambridge as soon as possible and there are also other sites we've looked at where we're in limbo a bit as the landlords are looking at other options."

One site is set just across the road from the Lloyds TSB building, a 6,000 sq ft space on a single floor, but with the higher costs that a larger building incurs.

The Computing Centre has a large amount of kit and has just spent a'Hackers Delight' weekend near its current home in Haverhill preparing it for a new home in collaboration with Makespace.

Makespace, a project for a community high tech lab in Cambridge, is closing in on securing its own Cambridge space at the old Institute for Manufacturing basement laboratory on Mill Lane. Having received approval from Cambridge University's Resource Management Committee, it is now in the final stages of working out the lease on the site and is organising its member launch event.

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