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Work starts at Colville Road to deliver 67 new council homes

News release from 7 December 2020

CAMBRIDGE Investment Partnership has 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.

Cambridge Investment Partnership has 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.

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Cambridge Investment Partnership (CIP) is an equally-owned partnership between Cambridge City Council and Hill Investment Partnerships established in January 2017 to tackle the affordable housing shortage in Cambridge.

Together the innovative partnership works to fund the development of council-owned land, as well as buying land, to provide a range of market and affordable housing, along with commercial and community facilities.  They will deliver at least 500 council rented homes as part of the £70m Cambridgeshire and Peterborough devolution grant by March 2022.