Boarded up former homeless hostel to get new lease of life

Railway House, formerly a Cambridge hostel, has been acquired by Railpen
Railway House, formerly a Cambridge hostel, has been acquired by Railpen -Credit:Cait Findlay/CambridgeshireLive

A former hostel for young homeless people in Cambridge has been purchased by pension administrators Railpen. Railway House next to Mill Road bridge was acquired by Railpen late last year and is set to become homes.

Railway House is comprised of former cottages first used as accommodation for railway workers. It had been owned by Cambridge Housing Society since 1984 when it was renovated into accommodation for single homeless people aged between 16 and 21.

The property has been boarded up with windows and doors sealed. A spokesperson for Railpen said it will be refurbished this year before the cottages are restored to residential use as homes.

They added: "The vacant Railway House, 126-134 Mill Road, has been purchased by Railpen, the investment manager for the railway pensions scheme, with a view to restoring and retaining them for residential use. As the property is vacant, the doors and windows have been boarded up to protect and secure the property in advance of refurbishment works commencing in the coming months."

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