Buyers boomerang back to Mill Road in Cambridge

After recently returning to their two-bedroom Victorian home in Petersfield, Cambridge, following a 12-year stay in China, Phil and his wife realised that they needed a home that better suited their needs but refused to leave this hidden gem in the heart of Cambridge.

Phil comments:

“We originally moved from London to Cambridge back in the early 2000’s as it was more convenient for work, and we immediately fell in love with Mill Road. It has so much to offer – a vibrant community feel along with a fantastic selection of independent shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants. Particular favourites are the extensive spice den at Al-Amin, and the 100% vegetarian wholefood shop, Arjuna. The area reminded us of our favourite parts of London and we sought to purchase our first home here in 2003.”

“We then relocated to China in 2007 for work and became very accustomed to the fantastic array of local produce and ingredients that were available whilst living abroad. We were pleased to return to Mill Road to see that it had maintained its independent, culturally diverse, identity.”

The couple found Ironworks, Mill Road, located just 500 metres from their previous property, early in their property search. Phil states:

“When we decided to move we found it tricky to find anywhere that really lived up to what Mill Road has to offer. We wanted more space and the convenience of a modern construction, but didn’t want to compromise on location, so we were really excited when we found Ironworks.”

Ironworks is located in the midst of all that Mill Road has to offer, with a vibrant mix of independent shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants all available on residents’ doorsteps. A hidden gem, the area is one of Cambridge’s most diverse and intriguing neighbourhoods.

Phil continues:

‘The three-bedroom house at Ironworks ticked all of our boxes. It offered us more space, the all-important location, and energy efficient features such as the electric car charging point and solar panels – certainly quite the upgrade from our 150-year-old Victorian home!”

Before the pandemic, Phil regularly commuted to Royston, which would take him just 15-minutes from Cambridge train station. Phil comments:

“What we love about Ironworks and the surrounding area is that it is a real hidden city gem and that it is just an eight-minute walk to the station. Living here means that I get to enjoy all that Mill Road has to offer and I can easily commute to Royston, and to London. You can also catch a direct train to Stansted Airport from Cambridge station that takes just 30 minutes – this will be helpful when international business travel resumes.

“Working from home will be far more common than before, so we’re really pleased to have a third bedroom which we have transformed into a home office. We’re also very grateful to have outdoor space with the front terrace and the rear courtyard, which the living room opens onto, really allowing the outside space to be a part of the living area.”

Phil in Mill Road


Residents Liaison Meeting to be held for The Meadows and Buchan Street

Cambridge Investment Partnership is inviting local residents around The Meadows and Buchan Street Neighbourhood Centres to attend an online Residents Liaison Meeting on Wednesday 27th January from 6pm to 7pm.

The virtual meeting is being held to provide an update on the planned development scheme for The Meadows and Buchan Street Neighbourhood Centre sites, giving an overview of the design and construction phases, updates and key next steps in terms of housing, new community hub and public art and a chance for residents to ask the Cambridge Investment Partnership team any questions.

To join the meeting on Zoom and if you wish to ask the team a question please email simon.aslett@cambridge.gov.uk by Monday 25th January 2021. Questions will be taken in advance of the meeting.

Further information can also be found here:  https://www.cambridge.gov.uk/get-involved-in-the-new-neighbourhoods

Cambridge Investment Partnership was granted planning for The Meadows and Buchan Street site in August 2020. The two existing community facilities will be replaced with a modern, highly sustainable community hub, along with brand new council rented apartments, new open space, a public plaza, and retention of a café and shop space.

The Meadows site will provide 78 new one and two bedroom apartments for council rent and the Buchan Street site will see 28 one and two bedroom council rented flats built. Four of the flats at The Meadows and one at Buchan Street will be for wheelchair users.

A net total of 109 new trees will also be planted, and as well as retaining the zip wire and trim trail, a new MUGA (multi-use games area), an improved free-draining football pitch, new play areas, and a new skate ramp will be provided at the recreation ground, replacing the current provision. Enhanced meadows and woodland areas will also mean an overall improvement of 65% in biodiversity for the open space.


Masterpiece created by local residents on the hoarding at Orchard Park

Local residents and artists have been working hard to create a truly inspirational hoarding design at our Orchard Park site.

We were really keen to make the hoarding as colourful and vibrant as possible so approached the local community to see if they would like to be involved. Marmalade Lane cohousing community, opposite the Orchard Park site, proposed a mural design which highlights the natural world that exists in this corner of Cambridge.

We donated the painting materials but many others were also keen to be involved. Many residents in Orchard Park donated jam jars, left over paints and made donations to buy brushes whilst the local postman gave a few elastic bands to help the artists secure their drawings and stop them blowing away.

Students from Cambridge Regional College and pupils from Kings Hedges School were also among dozens of passers-by who stopped every day to admire the work as the fantastic mural came to life with some passers-by commenting:

“Thank you for making this little bit of the world more beautiful.” 

“It lifts my spirits to see this lovely picture every day.”

“We always go the long way around so the children can see what’s new each time we pass.”

Tom Hill, Regional Director of Hill comments, “We are so impressed with the quality of art that has been produced on our hoarding and the amount of work that has gone into it. It is wonderful to see the positive reaction that it is receiving on a daily basis from local residents and we would like to thank everyone who have generously given their time and talent to create this stunning masterpiece.”

Cllr Richard Johnson, Executive Councillor for Housing at Cambridge City Council and CIP board member comments, “This site at Orchard Park is another important part of our council homes programme that will see us exceeding our target of building 500 brand new council homes by March 2022. It is great to see people coming together to create this attractive, inspiring mural which I am sure will be welcomed by local residents.”

Helen Golden, one of the local artists involved explains the inspiration behind the hoarding, “Despite our built environment, mother nature is all around us if we care to look. Our hope is that people will be inspired to notice the beauty of the plants and creatures here in Orchard Park, and to value them and take care of them.”

Maria Posa, one of Helen’s neighbours, who has been Helen’s assistant during the painting of the mural,  brought her passion for birds and butterflies to the project said, “I never dreamed I could do such a thing. It’s one of the best things I’ve done in the whole of my life.” 

We have submitted a revised planning application for Parcel L2, Orchard Park. The revised application will provide 75 new homes, including 40% council rented homes in a creative new design with two apartment blocks and a row of coach houses.

The highly sustainable development will be ‘gas free’ with air source heat pumps, biodiverse green roofs, six electric charging spaces, one hybrid/electric car club vehicle and above-policy cycle parking provision of 124 bike spaces.

We have worked closely with the local community to design the scheme and a masterplan of improvements to the adjacent public open space. These include extensive recreational and biodiversity improvements and include a community growing garden, pergola and seating area, trim trail, running track, table tennis table and generous planting.

The scheme will include sustainable drainage features and there will be additional tree planting to provide privacy to the flats at Engledow Drive.

CIP Orchard Park Artwork


Cambridge Investment Partnership consults local community on new low carbon council homes

Residents are being invited to take part in the public consultation to develop two new sites for much needed council homes. They are being developed by Cambridge Investment Partnership for consideration by the Housing Scrutiny Committee in January. These sites form part of Cambridge City Council’s programme to provide new homes in the city.

The two sites, purchased by Cambridge City Council earlier this year, are located at 71-73 Fen Road, East Chesterton, currently not in use but accommodating two existing single storey buildings, which are in a poor state of repair and were previously used as an assisted living facility and Ditton Walk in the Abbey Ward of the city.

The proposed housing scheme at Fen Road will provide 12 low carbon new council homes and create a new, safe and green access for walking and cycling to the Five Trees open space, which will be preserved in its entirety, helping the local community to enjoy this space.

The new homes will be certified ‘Passivhaus’, meeting very high standards of environmental sustainability, meaning all the homes will have very low energy use and heating costs. There will also be parking spaces with electric vehicle charging points and generous provision for new cycle parking. This well positioned site will provide easy access to the city centre and other amenities for local residents.

At Ditton Walk, Cambridge Investment Partnership is proposing to provide six low carbon new council homes, also ‘Passivhaus’ with parking spaces with electric vehicle charging points, secure cycle parking for every home and new trees and planting provided in front on the new homes on Ditton Walk.

Cllr Richard Johnson, Executive Councillor for Housing at Cambridge City Council and CIP board member said,

“These proposed homes form part of our vision to create highly sustainable, successful new places for local people to live in Cambridge. We are also committed to achieving the highest environmental standards for our new homes, with all future developments being gas-free and these proposals marking the Council’s first ‘Passivhaus’ developments and the largest Passivhaus scheme in Cambridge to date.”

Tom Hill, Regional Director for Hill comments,

“It’s a really exciting time for the Partnership as we develop these new proposals for our low carbon council homes. The public online consultation for Fen Road is now open and we urge the local community to visit the website and view the proposals. We are also hosting live webinar for this project on Wednesday evening where you can find out more about these proposals and ask the project team any questions.”

The live webinar for Fen Road will take place on Wednesday 16th December at 6pm where the project team will talk through the exhibition boards for the sites. Residents will have the chance to send in questions ahead of the webinar and the team will respond to any received before or during the live webinar, as well as responding separately to any enquiries received afterwards. To register please visit https://yoursay.online/fen-road#live-webinar. Feedback can also be shared by contacting ltatton@conciliocomms.com or call freephone number 0800 193 1869.

Residents can also leave feedback for the Ditton Walk site by contacting ltatton@conciliocomms.com or calling freephone number 0800 193 1869.

To view Fen Road consultation website please visit https://yoursay.online/fen-road. The exhibition boards can also be viewed at https://yoursay.online/assets/fen-road-consultation-boards-website.pdf


FORGE: pop-up exhibition 19th December 2020 – 8th February 2021

The Museum of Cambridge play host to a multimedia exhibition inspired by the history of Ironworks

Ironworks Artist in Residence, Hilary Cox Condron is holding a multimedia exhibition at The Museum of Cambridge which has been inspired by the history of the Ironworks.

The FORGE exhibition presents a thought-provoking look and celebration of how the community has flourished through rediscovering and making new connections with local heritage, nature and traditions. FORGE will take you on a journey through the museum to explore artefacts from the past to the present-day. The display highlights how the revival and sharing of these traditions and crafts over the past year has given us hope and helped to inspire a kinder future.

Inspired by the people and history of Sturton Town, Ironworks and Mill Road, FORGE has been conceived by Ironworks artist-in-residence Hilary Cox Condron and co-curated with community historian Helen Weinstein, local residents and The Museum of Cambridge.

Come along to the Museum of Cambridge between the 19th December 2020 and the 8th February 2021 and see the FORGE installations throughout the museum. The exhibitions and digital displays will shed new light on the former occupants of the homes around Ironworks and how the area's past has informed the artworks that will feature within the public spaces being created as part of the new homes being built.

Throughout the exhibition will be a series of online events and workshops for audiences to delve a little deeper into some of the presentations, for a full list and up-to-date information please visit www.resonance-cambridge.co.uk/forge

Please note that there is a maximum of 18 visitors in the museum at any time.

Opening Times
Thursdays to Saturdays 1pm
1st Sunday of the month 12pm-4pm
There is no need to book your visit and tickets can be purchased at the Museum.

Holiday Opening Hours
The Museum will be closed for the bank holidays on Friday 25th and Saturday 26th December and Friday 1st January. The Museum has added an additional opening day on Wednesday 30th December 12pm-5pm.

Please note that there is a maximum of 18 visitors in the museum at any time and entrance fee. The date and duration of this exhibition is subject to covid-19 restrictions and our own risk mitigation policies. For up-to-date information and opening hours please visit www.museumofcambridge.org.uk or phone 01223 355159.
The Museum of Cambridge, 2-3 Castle Street, Cambridge CB3 0AQ.

FORGE forms part of the Resonance-Cambridge public art programme for the new homes being built by the Cambridge Investment Partnership.

For more information, contact:
Hilary Cox Condron hilarycoxcondron@gmail.com


Archaeological evaluation of the land at The Meadows

An archaeological evaluation of the land at The Meadows Centre and St Alban’s Recreation Ground will take place from mid-December as a pre-commencement planning condition set out by the Joint Development Control Committee, made up of Cambridge City Council and South Cambridgeshire District Council.

Various parts of the site will be reviewed with three trenches being dug to see if there is any archaeological significance on the site. The trenches have been located to provide a representative sample of the site.

The work is expected to last five days and is being carried out in a way to minimise the disruption to the open space, with the trenches being filled back as they originally were once the work has been completed.

The evaluation of the land takes place ahead of initial works starting on site in January and main construction works due to commence in March 2021. A public engagement event will also take place in January.

We were granted planning for The Meadows and Buchan Street site in August 2020. The two existing community facilities will be replaced with a modern, highly sustainable community hub, along with brand new council rented apartments, new open space, a public plaza, and retention of a café and shop space.

The Meadows site will provide 78 new one and two bedroom apartments for council rent and the Buchan Street site will see 28 one and two bedroom council rented flats built. Four of the flats at The Meadows and one at Buchan Street will be for wheelchair users.

A net total of 109 new trees will also be planted, and as well as retaining the zip wire and trim trail, a new MUGA (multi-use games area), an improved free-draining football pitch, new play areas, and a new skate ramp will be provided at the recreation ground, replacing the current provision. Enhanced meadows and woodland areas will also mean an overall improvement of 65% in biodiversity for the open space.


Mill Road to sparkle throughout December

This December a sparkling celebration of Mill Road is taking place. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the popular Mill Road Winter Fair can’t take place so it is being replaced by the first online Fair and Lantern Trail.

Ten beautifully crafted community lanterns, inspired by ideas and images gathered from residents in the streets off Mill Road, are being displayed in ten shops and businesses along the road. The lanterns, created by local illustrator, designer and artist Penny Sobr, will be illuminated until 20th December, including one for our development, Ironworks. An accompanying history trail will also provide fascinating stories about a number of Mill Road’s best-loved buildings.

Further lanterns for other streets and shops are planned for next year, which will all be brought together within community lantern parades at future Winter Fairs.

From 1st December, the talents and diversity of the local community will shine in the online fair,  which offers the chance to watch some of the Fair’s favourite performers and buy locally produced and beautifully hand-crafted gifts. The fair offers a selection of familiar stalls and much-loved performers as well as an exhibition of local artists, plus videos and activities from many of our partner organisations, including University of Cambridge Museums, Mill Road TV, Cambridge Hands-On Science, The Junction, Mill Road History Society, and more. This ‘virtually brilliant’ fair means you can support local businesses and stallholders this Christmas by visiting www.millroadwinterfair.org


We couldn’t believe our luck that we got a brand new council home

With Cambridge’s population predicted to increase to 150,000 by 2031, and private rents amongst the highest in the UK, we are committed to building at least 500 brand new council homes by 2022 to ensure all residents have a range of housing options.

Akram Ali (35) grew up in the Arbury area of the City, with his parents and six brothers and sisters. His parents, originally from Bangladesh, bought their council home and continue to live there. In 2011 on a visit to Bangladesh Akram met his future wife, Tamanna (30) who was able to move to the UK in 2012 and the couple moved into his parents’ house.

Akram comments,

“We were keen to start our family straight away and had our daughter Ayaath six years ago, followed by a son Ayaaz, now aged three and recently another son Alvi, now seven months old. My parents were happy us all living with them, but as our family grew larger, and all of us living in just one bedroom, we knew it was time to look at other options.

“I decided to go to the council to ask for some advice and they recommended going on the housing register for a new home. Initially we were a banding of B but with the arrival of our third child we moved to A.

“The Coronavirus then hit and we weren’t sure how this would affect us getting a home. Understandably there were some delays as we weren’t able to bid on properties but we kept looking until we could. As lockdown restrictions started to ease, we came across details of the new council homes being built at Wulfstan Way and were really interested so put a bid in. We couldn’t believe it when we were successful as it was only our second home to bid on.

“My wife and I fell in love with it straight away. The house has three bedrooms and we really liked the detached style, with just two other new homes in a small cul-de-sac. The quality of build is really good with big windows everywhere and inside it has been designed really well; you feel like a lot of thought has gone into the house, such as lots of plug sockets in really useful places.

“It’s also ideal for the children as there is an excellent primary school close by which my daughter is now attending and really loves – she’s already made 14 friends! It’s also a great location for me working at a local Indian restaurant on Victoria Road and my wife, who stays at home looking after the children, can easily walk to the school to pick up Ayaath.

“We feel very fortunate that our first tenancy is a brand new council home, and my parents are so happy for us. Its lovely to have some space to raise our young family.”

Wulfstan Way, located in the Queen Edith’s Ward of the city, features two brand new two bedroom council homes and one, three bedroom council home, all with off street parking. The site was identified as part of the City Council’s strategy to use under-utilised parcels of land.

The homes are energy efficient and include a number of sustainable features including photovoltaic solar panels, reduced water consumption and a reduction in carbon emissions.


Work starts at Colville Road to deliver 67 new council homes

We have started work on site to deliver 67 brand new council homes at Colville Road, Cambridge.

The development replaces two housing blocks containing 24 post war aging council homes with a much larger housing scheme and improved landscaping to help meet the housing need in the city.

Cllr Richard Johnson, Executive Councillor for Housing at Cambridge City Council and CIP board member comments,

“As a partnership we are pushing forward, and exceeding, our target to deliver at least 500 brand new council homes by March 2022. So far we have achieved planning permission for 598 new council homes as well as 316 private sale homes. We are delighted to start on our 12th project at Colville Road to deliver much needed homes for local residents.”

The design of Colville Road is a result of consultation with the local community and will feature a variety of houses and apartments. Landscaping will also be used to create areas of play, communal gardens and routes through the site with generous flower beds and tree planting to minimise the visual impact of car parking.

Tom Hill, Regional Director for Hill said,

“The homes at Colville Road have been designed in accordance with the Cambridge Sustainable Housing Design Guide and will bring the site up to date, delivering high quality brand new council homes which are in keeping with the local neighbourhood.”

The homes will be gas free – five years ahead of Government legislation - and include energy saving features such as wider cavity walls filled with denser insulation to reduce heat loss and energy bills; Mechanical Ventilation Heat Recovery which reduces the energy demand of the properties and carbon emissions; Communal Air Source Heat Pumps will serve the apartments with photovoltaic panels to offset the electricity used to power the heat pumps; green roofs; electric vehicle charging points, together with sustainable urban drainage system.

We have already been working closely with Colville Primary School providing buddy shelters and mud kitchens for their playground, branded stationery and construction dressing up items and toys including hard hats, hi vis and toy tools to form part of the early years construction role play. The children have also been creative and designed some really colourful posters focusing on how to stay safe on a building site.

 

A number of trees which have been removed from the existing landscaping on site, prior to demolition have also been replanted at the school with the site team and year six pupils.

 

 

 


Vehicle Access to Ironworks, Mill Road development

We are transforming the former Mill Road Depot into a vibrant residential area, together with new areas of open space, a brand new community centre, retail/office space together with associated external works including cycle parking and landscaping. The development, which is located within the Mill Road Conservation Area, will eventually create 236 new studio, one and two bedroom apartments and two, three and four bedroom homes, with half for private sale and half as council rented homes.

Vehicles will only be able to access the development from Mill Road. At the northern end of the site, Eagle Foundry Street will become a paved path that is closed to vehicles and will run through the park to connect with Hooper Street. Removable timber bollards will be locked in  place at the entrance to Hooper Street, preventing vehicle access to the site, apart from by emergency vehicles. Cyclists and pedestrians will be able to access the development from Hooper Street.

The development is in a prime location for access by public transport, cycling and walking with a reduced reliance on the private car. The streets have been designed to promote low traffic speeds and are lined with housing frontages, open spaces and include tree planting to create leafy, well overlooked streets.

Low kerbs are also being used to contribute to the pedestrian friendly character of the development and raised sections of the roads will be located at the end of streets to help further reduce speed and promote pedestrian priority.

Vehicle Access to Ironworks, Mill Road