We led a 12-month project to design, build and install much needed community housing for homeless people in Cambridge.
Cambridge is a high-cost area for land and housing, yet these novel custom-built units are specifically designed to be used on temporary sites available at low or no cost. The project’s innovative approach is for the homes to be relocated to another free or low-cost site in the city within the 3-year period of the planning consent, which enables future project costs to be kept affordable.
The homes are attractive and high quality, with all the standard features of a self-contained flat such as a fitted kitchen, living space, bathroom, washing machine and separate bedroom.
Residents will benefit from private accommodation for as long as they need it and receive intensive personalised support from Jimmy’s on-site. The units were built by the New Meaning Foundation, a charitable social enterprise which trains young, disadvantaged and formerly homeless people in modern methods of construction.
When the units move to another low-cost location in the city, residents have the choice of continuing to live in their homes or moving on to more permanent accommodation.
Watch this short film by Jimmy’s Cambridge that shows the homes inside and out.
The project has benefitted from the kindness and generosity of a whole host of donors and supporters listed below, who have enabled the homes to be built through providing the land, to kitting out the kitchens and through pro bono legal advice.
Pro bono assistance:
- Barr Ellison – legal
- Carter Jonas – planning
- Corporate Architecture – construction drawings
- Mick George – groundworks
- Robert Myers Associates – landscape design
- WSP – engineering
- Aidan Charitable Trust
- Greater Cambridge Partnership
- Howard Group
- Marshall Group Properties
- Anglian Water – sewerage connection
- A&K air conditioning – ventilation fitting
- Cambridge Ahead – housing group support
- Cambridge City Council – site search
- Cambridge Water – water connection
- It Takes a City – inspiration
- Joseph Evans – Wren Kitchen designer
- New Meaning Foundation – financial contribution to construction
- Nuaire – ventilation units
- Saunders Boston Architects – interior features
- Sector Three Property – discounted rates
- Urban & Civic – fabrication warehouse at Waterbeach
Land: The Diocese of Ely and the church council of Christ the Redeemer
Support given to Jimmy’s for furnishing and fit-out: Cambridge Building Society, Hewitsons, The Sam Family, TTP
Support to New Meaning Foundation for construction training: Cambridge Innovation Parks, Costello Medical, The Sam Family