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Council appoints community partnership to manage the planned new Mill Road community centre

News release from 16/01/2020

A NEW partnership of local community organisations has been appointed by Cambridge City Council to manage the new community centre that will be built as part of the ‘Ironworks’ housing scheme on the former Mill Road Depot site.

Romsey Mill Trust and Petersfield Area Community Trust (PACT) worked collaboratively to submit a successful tender, to secure an initial 11-year lease to run the new community building for local residents and community groups to use.

The council has appointed an operator for the building at this early stage so that they can help to inform the specification for the individual spaces in the new centre.

The new centre is being funded by S106 developer contributions, will be fully accessible, and will provide much needed community facilities and meeting spaces for Petersfield ward, including:

  • A large hall for community events
  • Meeting rooms
  • A community kitchen, and
  • An outdoor space.

The centre will be built in the final phase of the Ironworks scheme and is due to open in August 2021.

Ironworks is the first mixed tenure housing scheme to be delivered by Cambridge Investment Partnership (CIP) – a joint venture between Cambridge City Council and Hill Investment Partnerships.

In addition to the new community centre, the scheme will include 236 homes, 50% of them new council homes.

Cllr Anna Smith, Executive Councillor for Communities, said: “We are delighted that PACT and Romsey Mill, two organisations embedded in the local community, have been appointed to manage the new community centre at Mill Road.

“This is a part of the city that will really benefit from more community facilities. Together with PACT and Romsey Mill we will now work closely with local residents to help shape plans for the new centre, to ensure it provides services and facilities that people really want.”