10 January 2022
Work has started on our site at L2 Orchard Park, Cambridge with a ground-breaking ceremony to mark construction of 75 new homes, including 30 brand new council homes.
We are developing one of the last parcels of land which has been allocated for housing following revision of the planning application by CIP and Mole Architects to improve the design of the site.
The highly sustainable development at Orchard Park has been designed to feature two apartment blocks and a row of coach houses and 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 for 124 bike spaces.
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 and will include sustainable drainage features.
Throughout the planning process the team also worked closely with local residents on the masterplan to improve the adjacent open space. Extensive recreational and biodiversity improvements have been included along with a community growing garden, pergola and seating area, trim trail, running track, table tennis table and generous planting.
Improvements to the public realm have also been made to provide new open spaces that integrate with and enhance the neighbouring public open space, creating a coherent, connected neighbourhood in Orchard Park.