Springstead Village, in Cherry Hinton, is set to transform this site to a beautiful residential location on the outskirts of Cambridge.
Formally part of the Cambridge City Airport which was established in 1938 and used extensively by the RAF during WWII, in more recent years the airport has become a maintenance facility for both RAF and private planes.
The owners Marshalls Aerospace Defense Group announced in 2020 that they would seek to relocate their operation away from Cambridge releasing the land, with the possibility of 12,000 new homes to be built over many years to come.
The airport is scheduled to close in full by 2030.
The site underwent extensive archaeology investigation prior to commencement of groundworks and many significant findings were recorded including roundhouses, complete skeletons and other artifacts believed to date back to early Roman times as far back at 43AD.
M. Anderson Construction secured the first phase of works from developer Bellway Latimer Cherry Hinton LLP, the first to break ground on the old airfield site.
The whole site area is 148 acres and phase 1 consisted of an initial 129 homes with 40% designated affordable housing.
Once complete, the wider site will offer a retirement living community, new primary and secondary schools and communal village spaces with accessible cycle routes and electric vehicle charging facilities.
Our work to date has included a topsoil strip with 30,000m3 of soil moved, drainage, construction of a pumping station chamber, sewage works with a water storage tank and formation of large capacity attenuation basins and link swales to discharge surface water back into the existing site ditch network.
Almost 1,600m of roads have been constructed, both tarmac and block paved construction along with 2,100m of footways, cycleways, and informal paths, 7.7km of domestic drainage and 436 manholes.
Both hard and soft landscaping to public realm areas around attenuation basins have also been undertaken along with early construction of a 10 units sales arena.
Site Manager is Halil Mjekiqi who overseas a team of 80 and 24 excavators.
- Work began in December 2022
- Work is due to be completed in March 2024