Our Partnership

Combining land, innovation and development expertise

SmithsonHill is a joint venture between Russell Smith Farms and Hill Commercial Investments.

Through a unique combination of land, cutting edge farming, construction expertise and delivering community solutions, the partnership aims to fulfil an important role in facilitating the future success of both business and local communities, as well as to help Cambridge retain its global economic position and contribute to the region’s future prosperity.

We specifically work on projects that are respectful of available resources and how we can make the most of them. Our partnership will look to facilitate initiatives that will create hubs for ground breaking discoveries – bringing together and encouraging interaction and the exchange of knowledge. A key element of our mission is that through our projects we will contribute to the ‘Cambridge Phenomenon’ by attracting the best brains, remain at the cutting edge of technology and provide the environment that will change the future. Working with local communities from the start we want to form close relationships to ensure key concerns are addressed and improvements are made around significant items such as infrastructure, transport and biodiversity.

Partnership

Delivering key growth sites across Cambridge

Hill has an enviable track record of delivering development through Joint Ventures. They apply their development expertise to assist their partners in securing planning permission, maximising assets, and delivering infrastructure and buildings.

The Hill Group is involved in many of the key growth sites around Cambridge and the South East of England. Whilst market leaders as the Medium Housebuilder of the Year 2014, the group has become recognised as a multi-sided developer by delivering schools, offices, medical facilities and even an underground multi-screen cinema through its commercial activities.

Socially responsible farming and land utilisation

Russell Smith Farms grow 1,500 acres of cereals and sugar beet, and 1,000 acres of organic and conventional vegetables. Operating in the heart of Cambridge’s biotech/agri-tech cluster, they are aware of the importance of synergy between farming and science and technology and have strong ties with some of the larger seed and plant breeding companies. They are founding members of Agri-Tech East and work closely with some of the leading agricultural companies in the R&D field to help bring new products to market.

Russell Smith Farms are environmentally and socially responsible and are signed up to the government’s entry-level and higher-level environmental stewardship schemes; and are also a LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming) demonstration farm.

Russell Smith Farms also hosts many local schools to teach them about farming and the environment, in addition to being a Waitrose demonstration farm. Each year they collaborate with neighbouring farmers to host an Open Farm Sunday event, which attracts over 2,000 visitors.

Meeting like-minded companies through membership

SmithsonHill is proud to be members of organisations and associations who similarly aim to progress the local Cambridge market, the East of England and its international footprint including

Cambridge Network