Arbour Square - Kilkenny Avenue
Formerly known as Kilkenny Avenue, Arbour Square has been rebranded to create an identity for the development that is more than just a road name. Arbour Square will be used more broadly to refer to the development as a whole, capturing the different phases of the refurbishment project too. The site is well established with trees and open green spaces, making Arbour Square the perfect name for this community.
These 92 former MoD homes are located in a desirable residential location adjacent to the Princess of Wales Hospital, Ely. Close to central City amenities and services, Arbour Square (formerly Kilkenny Avenue) benefits from Ely’s road and rail connections with the train station an important interchange point between Cambridge and London – and beyond.
Ely is renowned for its medieval cobblestone streets, grand 12th century Cathedral and a string of pretty riverside restaurants and gardens. Little wonder Ely is regularly praised for packing a lot of charm and character into its compact size. The first phase of Arbour Square (formerly Kilkenny Avenue) focuses on refurbishment to bring these neglected buildings back to life. Upgrades and updates will be as part of a programme of enhancements, individually tailored to each property to varying degrees.
As a local developer with a strong community focus, Palace Green Homes understand that Ely’s relatively affluent socio-economic profile placed pressure on housing where demand for new homes continues to outstrip supply. The project, which is expected to take two years to fully complete, will include 15 shared ownership affordable homes in phase two. Property sizes on the scheme range from 2-bedroom to 4-bedroom on the development, which will also include enhanced landscaping and improved parking. The Arbour Square (formerly Kilkenny Avenue) project has been supported by the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority, who provided funding of £24.4 million. East Cambridgeshire District Council granted an additional loan of £1.5 million.
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