This opportunity is unique because the buildings are in two different ownerships. Recent contact between the owners of the sites established the opportunity that this  consultation seeks your views on. Collaboration on the three sites has not occurred previously and it is not known if and when it will occur again. 

18 - 19 Sidney Street & 21 Hobson Street

GDS Estates is a Cambridge based property company that has owned and managed 18 -19 Sidney Street and 21 Hobson Street (the former Gala bingo hall and Central Cinema) since 2011.


GDS Estates’ founder, Mark Richer, studied at St Catharine’s College and has lived in Cambridge with his family since 2004. Mark is a serial entrepreneur and has been involved in several successful tech/communication start-ups. He has been a major donor to various Cambridge institutions, including Cambridge University, St Catharine’s College, The Stephen Perse Foundation and The Centre for Computing History.

16 - 17 Sidney Street

16-17 Sidney Street is owned by a private family office who take a long-term view on property investment. They invest in the UK and overseas and have a keen interest in the areas in which they invest.


They see their acquisitions as investments in the communities that are home to them, as well as in the properties themselves. 16-17 Sidney Street was purchased in 2018, having been identified for the potential it holds for contributing more significantly to Cambridge’s city centre economy and environment.