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Paul Kirkley: Pride comes before a foundation failure





Pride swelled in my bosom last week when I read that Cambridge has once again been ranked as the number one science and technology cluster in the world.

Houses on the Darwin Green development could be demolished due to foundation problems. Picture: Geoff Robinson Photography
Houses on the Darwin Green development could be demolished due to foundation problems. Picture: Geoff Robinson Photography

Not personal pride, you understand – I can barely operate the washing machine, let alone roll back the frontiers of technology – but civic pride, on behalf of my adopted city.

But then I read two other stories. One was that more than 80 new-build homes in Cambridge – worth more than £40 million – will have to be demolished after defects and ‘foundation issues’ were discovered at the Darwin Green development. And the other was that parts of the newly revamped Milton Road will have to be re-revamped because, owing to a ‘design error’, they haven’t left enough space for people to get their cars into their driveways.



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