Groundbreaking has taken place at Aylesborough Close in Cambridge ahead of work on 70 low-carbon homes designed to Passivhaus standards.

The Cambridge Investment Partnership (CIP) development in the Arbury ward of the city, replaces 36 homes which were considered poor for space and energy efficiency.

CIP, a partnership between the council and Hill Investment Partnerships, is replacing under performing homes with modern sustainable ones across the city.

Tom Hill, managing director of The Hill Group, said: “Through a fabric-first approach and the integration of renewable technology, these new homes will provide sustainable, renewable energy solutions. This benefits residents by reducing energy usage and improving indoor air quality, offering additional health advantages.”

The scheme of three low-rise buildings features one, two, and three-bedroom flats, including wheelchair-accessible homes and private outdoor space for each home which could be either a terrace or balcony.

Green spaces are being improved and a residents’ garden, playground and horticulture area will be incorporated.

Additional landscaping of new trees, mini meadows, and planting will deliver a 20 per cent biodiversity net gain. Green roofs, rain gardens, permeable paving and attenuation tanks will support feature.

Half the parking spaces will accommodate electric car charging and there will be ample cycle parking.

Cllr Gerri Bird, executive councillor for housing at Cambridge City Council and CIP board member said, “I am delighted to see work starting at Aylesborough Close which will provide our residents with more council homes in the city.

“Whilst we ensure that we are building sustainable new communities and providing green open space and leisure facilities across our developments, it’s also important that we ensure that our homes are healthy and improving the quality of lives for our tenants. Aylesborough Close is doing just this.”

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