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Rebecca Britton, head of communities and partnerships for Urban&Civic, in the Waterbeach Barracks hanger which will be used to construct six modular homes which will be made available for homeless people at the Christ the Redeemer church in Barnwell. Picture: Keith Heppell
Rebecca Britton, head of communities and partnerships for Urban&Civic, in the Waterbeach Barracks hanger which will be used to construct six modular homes which will be made available for homeless people at the Christ the Redeemer church in Barnwell. Picture: Keith Heppell

The provision of modular homes for the homeless moved closer this week with the news that construction of the six units involved will take place at Urban&Civic’s Waterbeach Barracks facility.

The Waterbeach Barracks site includes a 550sq m canvas hanger, currently being prepared for delivery of the wooden structures. The units will then be built by a team of up to 18 people culled from the local YMCA before being transported to the Christ the Redeemer church in Barnwell, where they will remain on the land just off Newmarket Road for two or three years before being relocated elsewhere in the city.

The project has pulled together an impressive selection of stakeholders including – so far – Jimmy’s Cambridge, Allia Future Business Centre, Holy Cross and New Meaning, a not-for-profit organisation which has designed and developed the structures.



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