The Colville Road development by Cambridge Investment Partnership, a joint venture between Cambridge City Council and Hill Partnerships, consists of 63 affordable and sustainable apartments and four homes, replacing two housing blocks containing 24 homes.
Concerns that using gas as the primary non-renewable energy source had the potential to create fuel poverty for tenants, informed the pivot to a communal air source heat pump system. Along with PV panels, increased insulation and tripe-glazed windows, which reduced the need for fossil fuels and provides residents with energy-efficient living and created a carbon saving of 81%.
Additionally, the development includes electric vehicle charging points and ample bicycle storage to encourage sustainable transport options, which has resulted in a BREEAM Excellent sustainability rating. The project includes green sedum roofs and extensive soft landscaping, which helps to manage stormwater and provide urban biodiversity. Public artist Janetka Platur, in collaboration with residents, adds to the community spit of the development.