ISG has secured a circa £10 million project for a range of stakeholders including Cambridge City Council, Cambridge County Council, and housing and health partners, to build a multi-use community facility at the new Clay Farm development, close to the village of Trumpington. Positioned at the heart of Cambridge’s Southern Fringe growth area, the centre will ultimately serve a community of around 4,000 homes, with a new secondary school and two primary schools.
The five-storey, mixed-use building will provide a comprehensive range of public services for local residents, including a medical centre, library, community rooms and 20 flats. The community facility incorporates high specification building materials, with roof-mounted photo voltaic cells to generate electricity and a green roof area to absorb CO2 and reduce the effects of surface run off.
At ground floor level of the concrete frame structure, ISG will create a spacious and light reception area, leading into the lower level of the two-storey library, a café and social space. A large double-height multi-use hall and a smaller community room are also located on this level, along with offices and a secure internal bicycle storage area.
Library facilities continue on the building’s first floor, with a balconied area providing flexible space, alongside meeting rooms and a touchdown area for non-office based public service staff. The second floor medical centre incorporates nine consulting rooms and a minor operations treatment centre. Facilities also include consulting space, treatment rooms, a series of meeting rooms and specialist medical library. The upper two levels provide accommodation for 20 affordable flats, in one and two bed configurations – each with an external balcony. The flats will be managed by major housing association bpha.
Liam Duffy, ISG’s regional director – East, commented:
“The extension of Cambridge’s guided busway and the creation of public realm space at Clay Farm has paved the way for this next stage in the development of the city’s Southern Fringe growth area. This new facility is a signature building and a major investment by the council in the creation of a vibrant and sustainable new community and we are delighted to be playing a key role in the realisation of this exciting vision for Cambridge’s future.”
Cllr Richard Johnson, Executive Councillor for Community, Arts and Recreation at Cambridge City Council, said:
“The Clay Farm multi-use community facility is an ambitious project that will be the jewel in the crown of the new Southern Fringe development, bringing together a new neighbourhood under one roof. Cambridge City Council is proud to take a leading role in the development, investing in a facility that will be sustainable and of very high quality – and will deliver a long-lasting benefit to the community and the city of Cambridge at large.”