In the first instalment of our interview series we find out what it’s like to manage the CB1 estate day-to-day. We sat down with James Knott, Estate Warden, who has been with the CB1 Management Company for nine years.
What does your job involve?
My role is to oversee the CB1 estate and ensure the safety of visitors and residents. A normal working day starts at 7am and finishes at 6pm, when the night staff take over until the following morning to make sure the area is always safe and secure.
Throughout the day my team and I make sure the area around Station Square and throughout the wider CB1 area is clean and tidy, and check around the landscaped gardens. We’ve recently bought a high-pressure washer to tackle chewing gum on pavements which has been a great addition.
“I think back to what the place was like a decade ago compared to what it is now… people coming through the station tell me they think it’s much better than it was.”What are you looking forward to most as the development nears completion?
I think the addition of 50/60 Station Road will bring a real buzz to the area. I’m looking forward to seeing which retailers and companies move into the building.
How do you think the area is improving Cambridge?
I think back to what the place was like a decade ago compared to what it is now… people coming through the station tell me they think it’s much better than it was. We also now have the likes of Amazon and Microsoft working in the area – I think it’s great CB1 can do that for Cambridge and for the future.
“It’s great to talk to people and hear what they have to say.”Where’s your favourite place in CB1?
My team and I enjoy going to the pop-up foodPark on a Friday lunchtime on Station Road. They have some great choices and they really add to the CB1 area. I think the new gardens will be a great place to go and relax.
What are the best things about the job?
It’s great to talk to people and hear what they have to say. Everyone who works on site who I’ve spoken to is really friendly and has benefited hugely from the changes in the area.
I wouldn’t say there’s much I don’t enjoy about my role. I’m lucky that it allows me to lead an active life; on any given day I probably walk 10 miles and I’ve lost two stone in the last year alone!