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


I didn’t tell my son we had a new council home until we got the keys

Joanna Elliott and her 10 year old son, Sam had been living in private rented accommodation in Cambridge for the past six and a half years until her landlord served her notice to quit last October. With a dog and cat as part of the family, this left her with very little options for a new place to go to.

Jo explains,

“We had been living in a three bedroom buy to let property for several years and after my daughter, Ellie (21) moved out, I was finding that all my money was going on rent and bills with nothing left each month. When my landlord served us notice, I soon realised that there was a dramatic change in rental prices between 2013 and 2019 and there was very little that I could afford.

“The option of council temporary accommodation also didn’t work as I was unable to take our pets so I went on the housing register for a council home. A friend who lives on the same street as Wulstan Way offered to take the four of us in until we could get something sorted which was really kind of her so Sam and I shared the same room or I would sleep on the sofa.

“With the outbreak of Covid-19, my job working for the NHS in the pharmacy at a GP practice meant I worked more than my 30 hour week while Sam went to key workers school. I also tried to bid for houses whenever I was able to.

“Sam and I became really settled in the area and started to make some good friends. It was also strange as I grew up two streets away from my friend’s house and went to the local school, which Sam now goes to.

“On a dog walk one day, we saw that Cambridge Investment Partnership were building a small development of new council homes on the same road as my friend so I was really keen to find out more. I stayed up until midnight, waiting for the new homes to come on the list and put my bid in. I couldn’t quite believe it when we were successful and I just burst into tears.

“It was such an exciting time but I was worried about telling my son about the new home until I actually had the keys, as he had been through so much upheaval, so on the day I got the keys I arranged for my friend to walk the dog with him and I would be in the new house.

“Sam knocked on the door and I answered and just said – do you want to come into your new home?! He couldn’t quite believe it and was speechless. It’s so lovely to see him settled and happy – we have a new base and can make a fresh start.”

Wulfstan Way features two brand new two bedroom council homes and one, three bedroom council home, all with off street parking. Located in the Queen Edith’s Ward of the city, it has been built by Cambridge Investment Partnership, the equal partnership between Cambridge City Council and Hill Investment Partnership. It is one of the first partnerships to be formed to deliver brand new council homes.

Jo continues,

“It’s so lovely to have our own home. The size of the rooms are fantastic and it feels really open and light. I love the patio doors which open out onto the garden and it’s also wonderful having a downstairs toilet.

“The kitchen diner is just perfect for our lifestyle and everything is finished to a really lovely standard, with attention to detail throughout, such as an outside light, washing line and some plants in the garden. Everything has been thought of and everyone who has visited has commented on how many plug sockets there are.

“We are so fortunate to have been able to get this new home, it’s the standard of something I would buy myself. Sam and I are really happy.”

The homes at Wulfstan Way include a number of sustainable features including photovoltaic solar panels, reduced water consumption and a reduction in carbon emissions.


Local Councillor opens new sales suite at Cromwell Road

We are delighted to have recently welcomed Lewis Herbert, Leader of Cambridge City Council to open the sales and marketing suite for private homes at Cromwell Road, our largest scheme to date.

Located in the heart of Cambridge City, the development is delivering 295 new homes, 177 of which will be available through private sale and 118 as brand new council homes.

The former merchant’s site will be transformed into an exciting new development that will see much needed quality homes provided, including one- and two-bedrooms apartments and three- and four-bedroom houses. 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 for families to enjoy.

Great attention has been placed on the architecture, creating a distinctive look that reflects the area’s industrial heritage. Drawing on the site’s former usage as Ridgeon’s timber yard which dates back over 100 years, the brickwork includes a striking mix of light and colour tones to represent the textual quality of the sawn and stacked timber, with the façade of each brick adapted to look like the grain typically found on timber.

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 of the council rented homes on the development will be constructed to the same high efficiency levels and the whole project will be tenure blind.

Councillor Lewis Herbert, Leader of Cambridge City Council comments:

“This development has been thoughtfully designed as a wonderful new community with a stunning open space at its heart, plus a nursery and community space on site. It will provide top quality new homes for over 170 households looking to buy a place near central Cambridge in vibrant Romsey ward. In addition, it adds 118 vital extra council homes that are badly needed at affordable rents by local Cambridge people.

“We are so proud of our work with Hill, building out partnership sites across Cambridge, a first rate, highly regarded and expert housebuilder. People should come and have a look at the show home and they’ll see the quality of the homes already finished, and the determination from Hill and the council that quality continues until the last home is completed and the last bit of lawn and shrubbery is green and flourishing.”

Tom Hill, Director at Hill said:

“This is a huge milestone for Cambridge Investment Partnership, as we open up the sales and marketing suite. These private homes are what enables us to continue delivering quality housing across the City, and we’re looking forward to welcoming potential buyers. The sales suite includes two show homes, which are exact replicas of the apartments and houses available to buy.

“It’s been fantastic to have such strong support from local Councillors and we look forward to delivering many more homes thorough this great partnership in the future.”


Tree planting at Colville Primary School

Our Colville Road team has paid another visit to Colville Primary School, this time to plant some trees. Three trees were removed from the existing landscaping on our Colville Road site prior to demolition and transported to the school by our team, Ben Croucher (Site Manager), Alex Storey (Technical Coordinator) and Zoe Patman-Wallis (Administrator).

A group of year six pupils took time preparing some holes in the morning, whilst another group of year six spent time in the afternoon with the Colville Road team re-planting the trees in the grounds of the school.

Colville Road Primary School tree planting


Milestone as we hand over our first brand new council homes at Ironworks, Mill Road

As part of our commitment to tackle the housing crisis in the city and provide new homes for local residents, we have completed the first four brand new council homes at our flagship Ironworks development in Mill Road, Cambridge.

The development will create 236 new studio, one and two bedroom apartments and two, three and four bedroom homes on the former Mill Road depot site, with half for private sale and half as council rented homes. The first council homes handed over comprise of a two bedroom home and three, four bedroom homes.

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

“It is really exciting to see these first council homes at Ironworks being handed over to local residents. This is our first development where we will be building a mixture of private and council rented homes, as well as a brand new community centre which will serve the wider community.

“Sustainability is also a key focus for us and we are creating attractive, energy efficient homes which are fit for the future and are fully integrated into existing neighbourhoods.”

As part of the project, a brand new highly sustainable community centre is being built, as well a new on-site neighbourhood park, Eagle Park, which will feature a large play area, rainwater gardens and green open spaces. An extensive public art programme is also a key feature of Ironworks with £200,000 allocated towards four commissions. An additional £3.3 million contribution will also be given towards local schools, parks, sports centres, NHS, Chisholm trail and open space adoption.

Tom Hill, Regional Director of Hill comments,

“We are extremely proud of what is being created at Ironworks. The development has been designed to reflect the industrial  character of the area by combining bold and contemporary design to create a distinctive collection of homes, in keeping with the aesthetics of the area and providing a seamless transition between the private sale and council rented homes.”

Sustainability is an integral part of the design process and the homes at Ironworks include increased cavity wall insulation thickness, mechanical ventilation heat recovery (MVHR), photovoltaic solar panels, the rainwater gardens, swales, new habitat creation and green roofs.

As part of this development, the Chisholm Trail will see a new leg added, opening up a North-South route for pedestrians and cyclists in the city centre which has been closed to the public for over 100 years.

 


New plans submitted for Parcel L2 in Orchard Park

We have submitted a revised planning application to South Cambridgeshire District Council for Parcel L2, Orchard Park after working with Mole architects to improve the design of the site.

The site has existing planning permission for 63 homes, a gym and two commercial units with 40% shared equity homes. 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. This 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.

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

“The new proposals have given us the opportunity to design a welcoming new space which sees the provision of much needed new council homes in the north of the city as well as an increase in the overall number of homes being delivered on the development.

“The revised design also encourages sustainable methods of travel with above policy provision on cycle spaces and the electric vehicle charging spaces. We have also improved the public realm to provide new open spaces that integrate with and enhance the neighbouring public open space, enabling us to create a coherent, connected neighbourhood in Orchard Park.”

The site is one of the last parcels of land at Orchard Park to be developed and has been allocated for housing. The homes will be built in line with the Cambridge Sustainable Housing Design Guide using standards which exceed national policy guidelines including denser insulation and wall thickness to minimise heat loss and reduce residents’ energy bills.

Tom Hill, Regional Director of Hill comments,

“We are really excited to be submitting these new plans for Orchard Park. As part of our revised application we have also taken into account views and comments shared at a number of online consultation meetings we held with local residents and community groups over the summer.

“As well as delivering a high quality, sustainable development we are including some improvements to the public open space for the community to enjoy.”

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

The new homes at Orchard Park will have excellent accessibility to Cambridge Science Park, Cambridge Business Park, Cambridge North station and the city centre via regular bus routes and the guided busway.

 


Markham Close marks the completion of our garages sites

The final site, which forms part of the City Council’s strategy to use under-utilised parcels of land for brand new council homes, has been completed at Markham Close, Cambridge.

Markham Close is located in the Kings Hedges ward of the city and features five brand new one bedroom council rent flats with off street parking. Designed by architect, Rock Townsend the homes are energy efficient and include a number of sustainable features such as photovoltaic solar panels, reduced water consumption and a reduction in carbon emissions.

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

“Markham Close marks the completion of our city-wide strategy to use parcels of land that offer the potential to be developed to provide much needed council homes for local residents. As a partnership we have been able to progress five of these garage sites which have created 15 new council homes in the past six months.

“We are continuing to build new private sale and council housing on a number of sites across the city as part of its commitment to deliver more than 500 new council homes to the city by March 2022. The council will also continue to look for under-utilised pieces of land to support its new council housing developments.”

Tom Hill, Regional Director for Hill comments;

“These garages sites have formed an important part of our build strategy to create new homes on sites that were either disused or being used as a source of anti-social behaviour.

“There is a real need for more housing in Cambridge and it is wonderful to see new residents moving into their brand new homes here as well as recently at Queen’s Meadow, Wulfstan Way, Colville Garages and Gunhild Way.”

Markham Close Completion


A little helping hand for the local school

Our Colville Road team recently visited Colville Primary School, the local school opposite our new site, to deliver some resources for the children.

These included buddy shelters for the playground, mud kitchens, branded stationary 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 also got creative and designed some really colourful posters focusing on how to stay safe on a building site.

Local School drawings


Residents move into their new council homes at Wulfstan Way

We have handed over a further three brand new council homes at Wulfstan Way, Cambridge as part of our commitment to deliver more than 500 new council homes to the city by March 2022.

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 and has been built simultaneously with CIP’s other garage sites at Queen’s Meadow, Markham Close, Colville Garages and Gunhild Way.

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

“As demand for housing continues to grow across the city, our garage sites strategy is turning disused and neglected garage sites into much needed council homes for local residents. We are delighted to officially mark the completion of this site and see three local families move into their brand new homes.”

Designed by Mole Architects, 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.

Tom Hill, Regional Director of Hill comments,

“We have now delivered 66 brand new high quality council homes across the city in the past six months and are delighted to see the positive reactions from local families who are moving into their new homes.”

Welcoming Residents at Wulfstan Way