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


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.”


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.

 


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


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


New council homes at Gunhild Way are handed over

We have recently completed two further brand new council homes at Gunhild Way, in the Queen Edith’s Ward of Cambridge.

The two bedroom council homes are part of the council’s strategy to make better use of under-utilised land in the City and has been built simultaneously with Queens Meadow, Markham Close, Wulfstan Way and Colville Garages. Both homes include gardens and off-street parking.

A number of sustainable features have been incorporated into the design including photovoltaic solar panels, reduced water consumption and carbon emissions.


The Cromwell Road team gives Fields Nursery a helping hand

Our Cromwell Road site team has recently helped The Fields Nursery School in the Abbey Ward of Cambridge by completing some works which would enable them to open safely in September.

The work included covering the sandpit and mud kitchen and providing segregation within the playground to ensure they are Covid secure for when the pupils return.


Delivering more brand new council homes

As part of our strategy to utilise under-used parcels of City Council land, we have completed our Colville Garages site to provide three, brand new two bedroom council rented homes with off-street parking.

Colville Garages is located at the Colville Road garage site in the Cherry Hinton Ward, which sits at the centre of an existing housing development. It was identified for redevelopment as part of the Council’s land audit and has been built simultaneously with our other garages sites to deliver new council homes at Queen’s Meadow, Markham Close, Wulfstan Way and Gunhild Way.

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

“As a partnership we are committed to building at least 500 brand new council homes by March 2022 from a mixed portfolio of sites including garage and garden infills sites. It is wonderful to see this piece of land being used to provide new council homes for local people.”

The homes at Colville Garages have been designed by Mole Architects and have a number of sustainable features including photovoltaic solar panels, reduced water consumption and a 19% reduction in carbon emission. There is also cycle storage.

Tom Hill, Regional Director for Hill said,

“We are delighted to see residents moving into their new homes at Colville Garages. The completion of this site along with Anstey Way and Queen’s Meadow has meant we have been able to deliver 61 much needed high quality council homes to the City so far this year. With strict guidelines still in place across all our sites, I would like to thank everyone involved in working hard to safely deliver these projects.”


Residents move into Queen’s Meadow

We are delighted to see residents moving into our recently completed Queen’s Meadow development in the Cherry Hinton Ward of Cambridge. The Queen’s Meadow site is the first of five garage sites to be completed by the partnership and provides two council rented houses, both three bedrooms with gardens and off-street parking.

The site was made available through the Council’s land audit with underused land on Coldham’s Lane identified for development for new housing, along with sites at Gunhild Way, Markham Close, Wulfstan Way and Colville Garages.

A number of sustainable features have been incorporated into the design including photovoltaic solar panels, reduced water consumption and carbon emissions.


Eye-catching public art unveiled at our Anstey Way development

Our first public art has been unveiled at Anstey Way, Trumpington as part of the ‘Resonance-Cambridge’ project, an extensive programme of commissioning across our developments.

Colchester based artist, Sarah Sabin, applied to be one of the artists to deliver public art at CIP’s developments in the city. Renowned for creating art ‘which digs about under the surface of places,’ Sarah was really interested in the local history of the Trumpington area and worked closely with local community groups to influence the design and character of the artwork.

Sarah explains,

“I was keen to delve into the history of the area, in particular the history of farming and the Plant Breeding Institute so was delighted to be able to work closely with Trumpington Local History Group to learn more. Trumpington conveys a sense that it’s a nurturing place to live with existing residents welcoming newcomers into the community and I was keen to convey the idea of how a community grows and what underpins the communities that continue to flourish.”

Working with two classes from Fawcett Primary School and various groups including the Trumpington Local History Group and Residents Association, Sarah hosted a series of workshops using different mediums, including the creation of cyanotypes (or sun prints) of local plant life which would form the base of the artwork design. The children investigated the themes of growing and community through talking, exploring and making in various ways and created handmade paper from shredding recycling paper on which they wrote words about their village.

Sarah continues,

“Using digitally manipulated imagery and layered cyanotypes I wanted each entrance at Anstey Way to have an individual identity which related to different aspects of Trumpington and could be overlaid onto the base design and transferred onto the tiles around the entrance. I am thrilled with what has been produced and it’s wonderful to see it finally in situ.”

  • Entrance A is the Plant Breeding Institute. The work of the nearby (now closed) plant breeding institute, to develop crops such as the Maris piper potato, and explore disease resistance is featured on this entrance.
  • Entrance B focus is Allotments and uses tools, eggs, plant pots, bees and other objects amongst the vegetation printed onto the tiles.
  • Entrance C is the Community Orchard and within the design, Sarah has used various fruits and blossoms from the community orchard fruit trees along with images of swifts.
  • Entrance D is River & Nature. The local nature reserve and river are featured through the fish, plant, bird and insect life that can be found.
  • Entrance E is Archaeology. Some local archaeological discoveries, such as the cross, ceramic vessels and parts of a bed, have been scattered through the design.
  • Entrance F is School. The pupils from Fawcett Primary School created plaster tablets using toys and various objects to depict the growing nature of their village, which were scanned and included in the design.
  • Entrance K is the Wilson Brothers’ and commemorates three local brothers who were killed in the First World War.
  • Entrance L is Historical Features and features deconstructed aspects of the village sign and milestones.

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

“Cambridge is rich in public art and we are committed to continued support for arts and culture, which boosts the local economy by creating jobs, attracting visitors, revitalising places, creating community cohesion and has a positive impact on health and wellbeing.

“It is wonderful to see the fantastic public art installed in our first development at Anstey Way and see all the ideas incorporated from local community groups and school children incorporated in it.”

As part of the public art project, sculptors Rodney Harris and Valda Jackson also created artwork within a section of the bricks. Through inspiration from the connection of Maris Piper potatoes that was developed at the former Plant Breeding Institute in Trumpington, Cambridge, a sack of potatoes has been carved into the brickwork to commemorate  what is possibly one of the most widely known variety of potato.

Anstey Way is our first completed development and has replaced 26 aging council homes that were previously on the site with 56 one, two and three bedroom council rented apartments for local residents.