Pioneering lifestyle aparthotel brand Locke has announced the opening of its ninth property, Turing Locke, located in the heart of Cambridge’s sustainable new development, Eddington.
The launch marks the continued international growth of Locke, which has opened four locations in London, Dublin and Munich so far this year.
Named after the revolutionary computer scientist Alan Turing, Turing Locke comprises 180 stylish apartments (including one- and two-bedroom apartments, up to 74sqm), which each feature Locke’s signature fully fitted kitchens, living and dining space – ideal for extended stay guests. The aparthotel also includes a restaurant, cocktail bar, coffee shop, retail space, co-working area, gym, meeting and events space for up to 150 guests, along with a seasonal rooftop terrace and central landscaped courtyard.
Designed by Stirling Prize-winning architects dRMM, with interiors by the globally renowned design firm AvroKO’s London studio, Turing Locke takes its design cues from the avant-garde movements established in Cambridge. The aparthotel seamlessly combines mid-century design choices with modernist flares, set against a calm and cosy colour palette of greens, pinks and teal.
Turing Locke will serve as a focal point for the new community of Eddington, which has been developed by the University of Cambridge as an exemplar of sustainable living. Just a 15-minute bike ride from the historical city centre and a 30-minute drive from London Stanstead Airport, Turing Locke is well located for business and leisure travellers alike.
Sustainability has been a central focus in the construction and design of Turing Locke, which features on-site renewable energy sources, biodiverse landscaping, and responsibly sourced furniture, lighting, and timber – as well as 200 cycle parking spaces and 20 electrical vehicle charging spots. These measures have reduced the development’s carbon emissions by 20%, and targets BREEAM Excellent certification. As part of a brand-wide initiative, Locke has partnered with climate positive procurement consultancy Dodds & Shute to source timber, furniture, and lighting from responsible suppliers. As a result, Locke has offset 116.53 tonnes of carbon emissions – equivalent to protecting 4,307 trees.
Working with locally-renowned partners to create two new food and drink destinations – KOTA and Dutch – Turing Locke will firmly establish Eddington as the new hotspot in Cambridge, creating exciting opportunities for existing local businesses.
KOTA expands across three areas of the building, including a restaurant, seasonal rooftop terrace and coffee shop. The main restaurant and courtyard area specialises in lazy brunches, barbequed flavours, cocktails and craft beer; while the coffee shop serves third wave coffee roasted in-house by London-based roasters Saint Espresso, alongside juices and light bites. On the seasonal roof terrace, KOTA showcases an innovative cocktail menu and small plates.
Dutch features an extensive cocktail menu alongside expertly sourced spirits, wines and beers, plus locally sourced platters of British cheeses and cured meats and salads, tortillas and tapas-style small plates.
A permanent art installation by local artist, Fiona Curran, emboldens the courtyard space, which aims to connect the rich history of Cambridge with its progressive future by drawing on references from archaeology and astronomy. The destination will also host an evolving cultural programme, which will include regular talks, workshops, exercise classes and more, and will be available to attend to locals and guests.
Turing Locke co-habits the building with the new 150-room Hyatt Centric Cambridge – Hyatt’s tenth hotel in the UK and the debut of its lifestyle brand Hyatt Centric in the country. Turing Locke and Hyatt Centric Cambridge share the courtyard space and all communal areas, including the food and beverage offering at the hotel.
Room rates at Turing Locke start from £120 per night. Discounted rates are also available for mid- to long-stay guests.
To celebrate its arrival in Cambridge, Locke is currently running a special offer of £80 per night until 31st January 2022 with the promo code HELLOCAMBRIDGE.