Richard Newcombe Court

Developed by Cambridge and County Developments for the CHS Group and part funded by Cambridge City Council and the Homes and Communities Agency, Richard Newcombe Court is a great addition to the streetscape of Histon Road in Cambridge. The building is an innovative carbon neutral extra-care building and living community hub.

It is designed to enhance the quality of life for older people in the community and minimise cost of use and environmental impact. It comprises 40 x self-contained flats and communal living for older people, all designed to promote independent living whilst also remaining carbon-neutral.

Each resident has their own self-contained flat that has a separate bedroom, lounge kitchen area and shower room. The team of staff provide care and support 24 hours a day. The communal facilities include lounges, a restaurant, a sensory courtyard garden, multi-purpose rooms for treatment, arts and crafts, exercise, hearing services and lifelong learning opportunities. Many of the services available in the building are also offered to the wider community.

The development meets the Code for Sustainable Homes Level 5, achieving 100% energy efficiency and features many unique innovations rarely seen together on extra-care schemes, such as 

  • A biomass boiler fuelled by locally-sourced wood pellets
  • Photovoltaic cells on the roof generating electricity to run the building, saving each flat a significant amount each year in electricity bills
  • Controlled solar gain and shading through clever design
  • Smart Meters in each flat giving residents control over their energy consumption
  • Greywater recycling systems in each flat

Richard Newcombe Court was awarded the title of Development of the Year 2012 award by Sustain Magazine.  It was also shortlisted in two categories of the prestigious RICS Project of the Year 2012 both for Design and Innovation and for Community Benefit.