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Cambridge City Council acquires children’s nursery at Timberworks development

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A new children’s nursery at the Timberworks development has been acquired by Cambridge City Council and let out to a provider.

An aerial view of the Timberworks development in Cambridge Picture: Cambridge City Council
An aerial view of the Timberworks development in Cambridge Picture: Cambridge City Council

The nursery is on the ground floor of one of the residential blocks being built at Timberworks on Cromwell Road by Cambridge Investment Partnership (CIP).

The nursery operator, N Family Club, plans to move in and start operating later this year.

It will provide early years education in accessible rooms, outdoor play spaces, communal areas and other facilities for children of pre-school age who live at Timberworks or in nearby communities.

Cllr Mike Davey, executive councillor for strategy and resources and CIP board member, said: “This marks an exciting moment for Timberworks. When it opens later this year, the new nursery will provide a real focal point for the community there and we look forward to working with N Family Club and to welcome the first children to what I’m sure will be a fantastic place for them and their parents.

“By investing in the nursery, which has an excellent environmental rating, the council is also taking another important step in decarbonising our property portfolio as we work towards being a net zero carbon council by 2030.”

Phil Sunderland, Founder and CEO of N Family Club nurseries, said: “We’re hugely excited to be launching our newest N Family Club in the heart of one of the world's greatest centres for education. Cambridge has long been a dream of ours, and we’re delighted to be working with Cambridge City Council as part of the brand new community at the Timberworks development.

“We’re really looking forward to opening our doors soon, and inviting local families to experience our state-of-the-art nursery facilities, bespoke curriculum and Family Club events programme.”

The council has purchased the nursery on a long-term lease from CIP. The move was financed by the sale of older properties in the council’s commercial property portfolio no longer meeting requirements.

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