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This substantial residential quarter is widely regarded as setting a new benchmark for large scale housing in the UK and was the first housing project to receive the RIBA Stirling Prize, in 2008.

We were appointed to masterplan this strategically important brownfield site, and subsequently to design 212 houses and 166 apartments at an overall density of 40 dwellings per hectare. We appointed Maccreanor Lavington and Alison Brooks Architects to design 25% and 10% of the housing, in order to bring variety to the scheme.

Our aim has been to produce an exemplary urban environment: a desirable place to live that balances usable private space within an overall structure of high quality public space. The design includes a variety of innovative house and apartment types in the form of terraces, courtyard houses and ‘set-piece’ apartment buildings, composed within public landscaped gardens which extend to approximately 3 hectares.

The combination of private open spaces in the form of courtyards, roof terraces and large balconies, designed as an integral part of the architecture, and generous communal gardens designed by Grant Associates, reflect the changing aspirations of modern lifestyles and continue a strong tradition of domestic architecture in Cambridge. The masterplan was designed for pedestrian and cycle demands, with landscaped edestrian “streets”, mews streets with shared surfaces, discreet car parking and integrated cycle parking.

Awards:
— The RIBA Stirling Prize 2008
— RICS East of England Awards 2009: Regeneration Award
— Hauser Award 2009: Shortlist
— RIBA National Award 2008
— Civic Trust Award 2007
— Housing Design Awards 2006: Overall Winner
— Building for Life Awards 2006: Gold Standard
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