The design specifically encourages social interaction between residents, and a natural sense of community. Its distinctive form is key to this, allowing us to incorporate a range of private and shared spaces. At the heart of the proposal is the Long Gallery a managed shared outdoor space. The Long Gallery takes its name from the gallery spaces commonly found in the English country house, used for promenading, leisurely meeting and artistic display. Garden rooms, off this, provide calm, contemplative spaces. The rooftop garden overlooking Storey’s Field offers a unique environment. It is accessible via the cores and bridges, laid out as a sequence of planted rooms linked by sinuous paths. Every home also has access to one or two private balconies, animating the building with insets, projections, bridges and terraces.

Planning History

The Outline Consent for the North West Cambridge masterplan establishes principles for each development Lot, with 50% of homes designated as market housing - 106 of which are assigned to Lot M3. Consultees include: • 4 pre-application meetings with Cambridge planners • Cambridgeshire Quality Panel • North West Cambridge Community Group • Disability Access Panel • Joint Development Control Committee • Secure by Design Comments from officers were provided with red, amber and green ratings, allowing the comments to be responded to as proposals evolved. The reserved matters application was submitted in January 2017 and consent granted in June 2017.

Project Team

Architect: Pollard Thomas Edwards
Developer: Hill Partnerships

Development Data

Site size (ha): 0.41
Estimated date of completion: 01/2019
Schedule of accommodation: 416m2 D1 use, 12 x 3-beds, 49 x 2-beds, 45 x 1-beds
Tenure mix: 100% private sale
Size of typical home: 77
Parking spaces: 106

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