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.


Marking the completion of our first development of brand new council homes

We are thrilled to have marked the completion of our first development of brand new council homes with a ribbon cutting ceremony by Cllr Richard Johnson.

Anstey Way is our first completed development for the partnership which was established three years ago in a bid to tackle the housing shortage across Cambridge. The development 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.

Anstey Way also sees the delivery of the first Housing First properties in Cambridge, comprising of a one bedroom flat and a ground floor wheelchair accessible flat.

The Cambridge Housing First programme is a pioneering new deal between Cambridge City Council and Cambridgeshire County Council to provide homes for rough sleepers in the city and create a quicker and more effective route out of homelessness.

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

“It is an honour to mark the completion of the first CIP development in Cambridge. This partnership with Hill has enabled the Council to accelerate its plans to build badly-needed council housing in the City and these 56 new homes are just the start of our programme to deliver 500 new council homes by March 2022, with 480 council rented homes already granted planning.”

Tom Hill, Director of Hill comments,

“We are delighted to have our first occupations at Anstey Way, a site which was previously occupied by poor quality council bungalows and flats which no longer met the standards expected, transformed into much needed, high quality council rented homes.

“This milestone means a huge amount to us as a business working in partnership with Cambridge City Council to tackle the housing need in the City and these new homes will enhance the quality of living and lifestyle for existing and future residents for years to come.”

Sustainability is also key at Anstey Way and include energy saving features such increased insulation to reduce heat loss and energy bills, solar photovoltaic panels and battery storage to generate electricity to light the communal areas. £125,000 has also been allotted to local play areas, parks and sports centre and CIP has allocated £35,000 towards two public art commissions.


Green light for council homes at Campkin Road

Our proposals to build 75 new council homes at Campkin Road, including four houses, 71 apartments and a new community centre, have been given the green light by Cambridge City Council.

The development, which was approved unanimously by Planning Committee on 4th March, will see the demolition of 32 aging flats and garages on the site and provide much needed, high quality, council rented homes at 67-97A Campkin Road, in the Ward of Kings Hedges.

The accommodation will range from two bedroom houses through to one and two bedroom apartments, with buildings varying in height of between two and four storeys. A new fully accessible community centre will also be located on the ground floor level of the north-western most building.

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

“We are delighted to have achieved planning permission for another site in Cambridge which will deliver high quality and energy efficient council homes replacing housing that was in need of significant improvements. We will continue to support residents directly affected in their house moves which includes a right to return to the newly built homes.”

The plans at Campkin Road also retain the area of protected open space to the east of the site whilst creating other open spaces within the site, including private gardens for the houses, a communal garden together with the provision of play equipment to the north-western part of the site.

Tom Hill, Regional Director at Hill said,

“The site at Campkin Road allows us to make more efficient use of the land and replace homes that are no longer fit for purpose with a brand new sustainable development which will assist in creating an inclusive, safe and vibrant community.“

The Campkin Road development meets high standards of sustainability with fabric-first construction to include thicker, denser insulation to minimise heat loss and residents energy bills; Mechanical Ventilation Heat Recovery for all properties; green roofs; electric vehicle charging points; low carbon heating; solar panels to both the apartments and housings together with sustainable urban drainage integrated into hard landscaping including permeable paving.

Campkin Road has well-located open spaces near to the site including Nun’s Way park and Arbury Town Park, as well as excellent transport links to the city centre. The development benefits from its close proximity to Cambridge’s network of cycle lanes and offers residents ample space for parking.

All of the homes will be built in line with the Cambridge Sustainable Housing Design Guide and will go beyond the requirements of the adopted Cambridge City Local Plan.


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New site purchased at Orchard Park

We are continuing our drive to deliver brand new affordable council homes across Cambridge with the purchase of a new site in Orchard Park.

The 0.29 hectare vacant site is one of the last parcels of land at Orchard Park and has been purchased from Turnwood Ltd.

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

“We are extremely pleased to have purchased another site which enables us to continue to push ahead and exceed our target of 500 brand new council homes by March 2022.”

Tom Hill, Regional Director of Hill adds,

“Over the coming months we will work with our team to develop plans which will deliver high quality, energy efficient homes and create a brand new community for all to enjoy for years to come.

“We will also hold a number of consultation sessions with local residents and groups to take on board their views and comments ahead of submitting our planning application later in the year.”

The new scheme at Orchard Park will have good links to Cambridgeshire Guided Busway and will be close to a number of important cycle  ways which provide fast and direct access to Cambridge city centre. The homes will also benefit from the new Cambridge North railway station which is nearby.


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.”