Delivering for the community at Akeman Street

Work has been progressing well since work started on site at Akeman Street towards the end of last year. We have recently seen the demolition of  the existing older building to allow us to develop the wider site and provide much needed brand new council rented homes.

When completed, 14 brand new council rented homes will be available; consisting of eight flats and six maisonettes as well as three new retail units and a brand-new community centre. We appreciate how important the community centre is to the residents so have arranged for this to be re-located to  39 Akeman Street, whilst the works continue, ensuring that the busy centre can continue its popular activities.

Claire Flowers, Head of Housing Development Agency for Cambridge City Council and CIP Investment Team member said,

“The redevelopment of Akeman Street will further add to the supply of new council homes in the city to better meet residents’ needs and will also provide an improved, modern, more generous community centre for everyone to use and enjoy.”

Tom Hill, Regional Director of Cambridge Investment Partnership comments,

“It is wonderful to see the community at Akeman Street continuing to enjoy their many groups in the temporary centre we have created and look forward to welcoming them all into the new centre when it is completed.”

Enhancing the Cityscape at Ventress Close to deliver brand new council homes

As part of our pledge to deliver at least 500 brand new council homes by March 2022, work commenced at the end of last year on our Ventress Close project.

Through innovative planning and designs, we are making better use of space to enhance the cityscape and increase the number of new council homes available for local residents.

The site is located in the central area of Queen Edith’s Ward and includes the demolition of four maisonettes and construction of 15 brand new energy efficient homes, featuring 12, one and two bedroom flats and three, three bedroom homes with designated parking and landscaping.

Sustainability is key and these new homes will all have photovoltaic solar panels and sustainable drainage that will reduce carbon emissions by 19%.

Claire Flowers, Head of Housing Development Agency and CIP Investment Team Member comments,

“We are committed to developing a mixed portfolio of sites and Ventress Close is an example of where we are making better use of space to enhance the surrounding area and providing much needed brand new council homes for local residents.”

Tom Hill, Regional Director at Cambridge Investment Partnership said:

“As a partnership we are committed to creating much needed affordable new homes for local residents across the City which are energy efficient and fit for the future.”

Providing more than just housing

This week the Cambridge Investment Partnership team and Councillors celebrated another successful start on site at Cromwell Road, Cambridge, in the heart of the city.  This is the 11th start on site for the partnership since CIP was established in 2017 and it shows our total commitment to address the housing shortage across Cambridge.

Cromwell Road is our largest scheme in its pipeline and will deliver 295 new homes, with 40% (118 homes) being brand new council rented homes.

The former merchant’s site will be transformed into a vibrant community that will see much needed quality homes provided; with bicycle parking, parking for cars - including a basement car park and electric vehicle charging spaces for every house. Creating a cohesive community is at the heart of the development and this scheme will also see the development of a new community centre and nursery along with open spaces and play equipment to enjoy.

All of the council rented homes will be wheelchair accessible, with six specially adapted for wheelchair users. Three of the homes will also be designated as ‘Housing First’ homes for people who had previously been vulnerably housed or homeless.

These homes will all be built in line with the Cambridge Sustainable Housing Design Guide which exceeds national policy guidelines and will incorporate a number of sustainable features including; green roofs on apartment blocks, photovoltaic panels on the roofs of houses and apartments, a sustainable urban drainage system incorporated into the landscape and denser insulation and wall thickness to minimise heat loss and reduce energy bills for residents.

All private for sale houses on the development will be constructed to the same high efficiency levels and the whole project will be tenure blind.

Cllr Richard Johnson, Executive Councillor for Housing said:

“I’m really pleased to see the progress made in getting the Cromwell Road site ready for construction. This site will regenerate a part of Romsey delivering over 100 new low-carbon council homes of a high quality, exceeding national standards of sustainability and comfort.

“With nearly 300 new homes in total on the site, this development will make an important contribution to our commitment to tackling Cambridge’s affordable housing crisis.”

Tom Hill, Director at Hill said:

“Cromwell Road is going to be an attractive development of 295 new homes, that will also have a park, children’s nursery and community centre. This is an exciting project for Cambridge Investment Partnership and we’re confident the end result will be an excellent addition to Cambridge and its inhabitants. As a growing city, Cambridge needs more quality housing and our partnership is committed to delivering just that by utilising land where we can. At Cromwell Road, we’re building on land which was previously occupied by the well-known builders merchant, Ridgeons, and it’s great to see the project finally taking shape and coming to life.”

A partnership addressing the housing shortage across Cambridge

It has been widely reported that The Chartered Institute of Housing and National Housing Federation are both calling for more than 1.5 million social homes to be built over the next 10 years, with at least 90,000 of these for social rent each year.

And through CIP, an equal partnership between Cambridge City Council and Hill Investment Partnerships, we are already addressing the housing shortage and delivering brand new council rented and market sale homes across Cambridge.

CIP was set up in 2017 in a bid to tackle the affordable housing shortage across the city by investing and transforming Council-owned and other land across the city and bringing together the best of public and private sector expertise to provide homes that are fit for the future.

Having already started on site at ten locations across the city, we are anticipating being on site and building in excess of its committed target of 500 new council rented homes by March 2022.

We will also be developing a mixed portfolio of sites ranging from two units in a garden infill or garage site, making use of under-used parcels of City Council land, through to large-scale residential brownfield development which is providing a mix of market and affordable housing, including 295 at Cromwell Road.

Claire Flowers, Head of Housing Development Agency for Cambridge City Council and CIP Investment Team member said:

“Through this partnership, it has enabled the Council to accelerate its plans to build more affordable housing.

“As well as building brand new council homes we are also replacing poor quality homes with new highly sustainable homes and providing a mix of market sale properties which will be fully integrated into the neighbourhoods.

“We already have planning permission for 700 new homes across 11 sites which includes 354 brand new council homes which means we are 71% towards our target of 500.

“In addition, the partnership has identified the potential for a further 1000 new homes which will include at least 400 new council rented homes and we are expecting be on site and  reach our target 18 months earlier than originally planned.”

Community is also at the forefront on every development and we will carefully consider community and commercial amenities, such as community centres and green space, along with job and training opportunities to ensure residents lifestyles are enhanced. We are also committed to creating vibrant communities for existing and new residents that will support the local economy for the future.