Ironworks Public Art Programme

Throughout the construction of the new Ironworks site, there will be a creative programme delivered with the community, a team of artists and a community historian.

Looking to explore and articulate what makes this part of Cambridge unique and special for the local community, artists will be delivering a range of talks, walks, workshops and much more in collaboration with residents over the next few years. The activities and stories collected will inform the design and character of Ironworks through a series of creative commissions developed in collaboration with the community.

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Artwork is being commissioned to enrich the new location and enhance the public space provided through the scheme. The focus for the artwork is to be the shared communal spaces and clear, legible routes through the area.

Details of the artists who will be working to create exciting new spaces within Ironworks.

Photography by David X Green

Background Ironworks

The area was formerly occupied by the council depot and included some council offices. The existing garages on Hooper Street do not form part of our site area and will be retained. In the past, the location has been home to a number of industrial activities, including a coprolite mill, a coal depot and an iron foundry, called the Eagle Foundry. The Eagle Foundry was one of the first businesses to capitalise on the arrival of the railway, relocating from Market Hill to Mill Road in 1847. The only locomotive ever to be built in Cambridge was made there.

The former Mill Road Depot Site being developed by Cambridge Investment Partnership (CIP) will provide 182 new homes ranging from terraces and mews houses to apartment, including 50% of these being social rented council homes. It will provide a new community centre, along with high-quality open space amounting to 28% of the location. The open spaces will include a new park with a neighbourhood play area.