Alconbury Weald: The place to live, work and enjoy
Alconbury Weald, a major new development just five miles from Huntingdon, is about much more than just homes.
Urban&Civic, the master developer of the project, has successfully brought forward hundreds of homes and numerous high-quality facilities as part of the first phase of the development.
Located on the site of the former RAF Alconbury, the 1,425-acre site will provide 5,000 homes with green corridors to a number of large parks and outdoor spaces, alongside three million sq ft (279,000 sq m) of tailored commercial space for businesses upon completion.
As part of the first stage of development, Urban&Civic and its partners are bringing forward 879 homes in a range of styles, including houses and apartments, to cater for different lifestyles and tastes.
Urban&Civic is working with five housebuilders – Civic Living, Crest Nicholson, Hopkins Homes, Morris, and Redrow, with each offering its distinct range of homes.
Once fully complete, Alconbury Weald will feature four schools, one of which – Ermine Street Church Academy – is already in operation.
Housed in a building designed by Stirling Prize winning architects AHMM, the school provides a stimulating and inspirational environment for the children to learn in.
Residents can already benefit from extensive neighbourhood play areas, two of which are located right next to the school. Additionally, a brand new 1,500 sq m health centre will be created on site for residents’ convenience, ensuring medical help is easily accessible to all.
A great place to work
Alconbury Weald is also a great place for business. Thanks to its location between Cambridge, Peterborough, Bedford, and Northampton, its incubator hubs have enjoyed consistent demand from start-ups and SMEs, with the first incubator becoming fully occupied within the first month of launching.
The wide range of commercial spaces available makes it a great place to work, whatever the size of the business. Located at the meeting point of the A1, A14 and A141, Alconbury Weald has an on-site gym, operated by Unit Fitness, a light-filled café ideal for work lunches and informal meetings, and a family-run store.
Alconbury Weald offers businesses a wealth of options to suit their needs, and 60 companies have already chosen it as their base. Designed to encourage people to lead more active lifestyles at home and work, there is plenty of outdoor space for running, cycling or walking, ensuring those living and working at Alconbury Weald can easily make physical activity a part of their daily routine.
Commuting to London is easy and takes just over an hour, thanks to the frequent train services from nearby Huntingdon station to St Pancras, Farringdon and London Bridge.
A rich history
Urban&Civic has worked hard to preserve and embrace the site’s military history, making sure a number of historic buildings are incorporated into the new development. These include the restored Watch Office built in 1940-41, which served as the first permanent control tower at Alconbury Weald.
A remarkable example of a standard type build for bomber satellite stations during the Second World War, it is among the few remaining in the UK, making it a cherished piece of period architecture.
Urban&Civic has given the Watch Office a new lease of life – it is now home to charity Groundwork East, a library and heritage space.
An active and healthy lifestyle
Alconbury Weald was designed with people’s wellbeing in mind, providing both residents and commercial occupiers with the perfect environment to lead active lifestyles and thrive. To date, Urban&Civic has planted over 100,000 new trees at the site, including 87 different tree species.
The green spaces at Alconbury Weald have been designed to enhance the natural habitats which support a wide range of wildlife throughout the site. With 2.5 km of footpaths, a network of cycleways, a cricket pitch, and a generously sized park, there is no shortage of space for outdoor activities for all.
To learn more about the homes or the bespoke commercial space available at Alconbury Weald, visit alconbury-weald.co.uk or call 01480 413141.