Salvation Army Cambridge

A long term commitment to unlocking a complex site

The Salvation Army has been fighting against social inequality and transforming lives in Cambridge since the 1880s. The challenges people were facing in the late 19th Century — homelessness, addiction, loneliness and unemployment — are much the same as today. The Salvation Army of the 21st century is a church and charity active in virtually every corner of the world, serving in more than 130 countries.

The Sally Ann charity shop in Cambridge was an iconic presence on Mill Road for many years, when the lease expired the Corps were presented with an opportunity to reconsider their buildings and how they could be best used to support their mission.

“The new church will help us serve the community much more efficiently. The provision of a shower is key in enhancing the practical assistance we offer individuals, and the new lift now ensures all public spaces are fully accessible.” Major Martin Cordner

Archangel has worked with The Salvation Army over 8 years to re-order their site. Combined with the relocation of the Sally Ann’s shop onto the same site, the development creates an informal community hub, welcoming and accessible to all. Improvements include:

  • selective demolitions and alterations to the existing buildings
  • upgrade of both the Mill Road and Tenison Road entrances
  • refurbishment of the worship area
  • the addition of a cafe space
  • extension of the kitchen facilities and increased storage area for food parcels
  • revised car and cycle parking in the Tenison Road courtyard
  • improvement of accessibility throughout the building including a new lift and accessible WCs
  • modernisation of existing community spaces with added flexibility when in use by community groups, children and young people

With the new facilities The Salvation Army are now able to provide better support to the homeless, including access to showers, massively expand their food bank provision and have a social hub at the heart of their facilities.

"The improved kitchen will ensure we can cater more efficiently for those in need. For community groups we have bright, modern spaces that can be hired for meetings and activities. The Hub will be a place where people can meet over coffee and find friendship." Major Martin Cordner

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