Cromwell Road Public Art Programme


Throughout the development of the site at Cromwell Road, there will be a creative programme delivered with the community and the artists. The engagement programme is being led by Emma Smith, artist-in-residence, who has created a website ‘Phuplec’ for people to explore. Phuplec celebrates the small, the wild, the overripe, the rotten, the undesired and the redundant as necessary tactics for a sustainable future.

You can find out more about Phuplec and practice it yourself through activities provided on the website:


Artworks are being commissioned to enrich the new location and enhance the public space provided through the scheme.

Details of the artists who will be working to create exciting new spaces at Cromwell Road.

Photography by David X Green

Background Cromwell Road

In 2015, the previous owners of the site, Ridgeons, began preparing an outline application for the redevelopment of the site, later obtaining outline planning approval for 245 new homes. The brief highlighted that “the new development was to create a well-designed housing development, incorporating new public open space, and new pedestrian and cycle routes and respond positively to the character of the surrounding area.

The current scheme sees CIP working closely with Cambridge City Council and the architects on the development of the Cromwell Road site. There is a clear aspiration to deliver homes for people living and working in Cambridge.

The proposed scheme includes 295 new homes, 40% of which are to be Council rented housing. Also proposed is a generous nursery and community space situated on the ground floor of the northernmost apartment block.