Planning permission has been granted for the construction of a new 7,045 sqm industrial building, with office, warehouse and service yard for British medical technology company, CMR Surgical.

Acting on behalf of CMR Surgical, Cheffins worked closely with East Cambridgeshire District Council to secure permission for this major new building on 22 December 2021 which will be situated at Lancaster Way Business Park, Ely.

CMR Surgical currently operates from their Global HQ at Milton and facilities at Swavesey and Coton and has been looking to scale up its current manufacturing facility. The new building will incorporate both industrial and office space, as well as a service yard, car and cycle parking and associated infrastructure at Plot 207 Lancaster Way Business Park, Ely. It will have the capability to house up to 200 employees on completion, rising to approximately 400 by 2030 and will be integral to CMR’s ability to scale up its manufacturing of the Versius® Surgical Robotic System, which is now being used on a global scale.

CMR Surgical Ltd was founded in 2014 and has grown into a global business, dedicated to transforming surgery with Versius®, a next-generation surgical robot which offers surgeons precision, accuracy and dexterity to enhance their capabilities, as well as the benefits of an ergonomic environment in which to work.

Lancaster Way Business Park extends to some 70.82 hectares and contains a mix of industrial, warehouse and office buildings and represents a significant source of local business and employment in East Cambridgeshire.

Edward Clarke, Planner at Cheffins says: “CMR Surgical will be in good company at Lancaster Way Business Park, with other science-based businesses also on site including Thorlabs, Michell Instruments and Ellutia Ltd. The company had long since grown out of its current premises, and this ambitious new building will help CMR Surgical increase its manufacturing capabilities, whilst also offering the scope for future expansion. Planning permission has been granted for this high specification building which will add yet more employment opportunities at Lancaster Way which is quickly becoming a hub for innovative new companies in the local area.”

Important to CMR was a site and building that fulfilled commitments to excellence in delivering sustainability and environmental performance that will surpass local authority requirements, enhance well-being of staff and help protect natural resources. There are a number of environmental measures which have been factored into the new building, including a rainwater harvesting system, PV panels, Air Source Heat Pump (ASHP) and a number of ecological measures which will complement the soft landscaping, including a green roof in parts, planting in the form of hedgerows, trees and wildflowers and also bird and bat boxes.

Work is expected to start on site February 2022 with production starting early in 2023.

For further information, contact Cheffins Planning team on 01223 271962, or email,