Stanton Williams has completed 264 key worker homes, together with generous social spaces and retail facilities in Eddington, North West Cambridge, for the University of Cambridge. A network of communal spaces, framed by 10 new buildings, forms the heart of the new neighbourhood. Stanton Williams’ designs are central to the University’s North West Cambridge development, which delivers high-quality, affordable housing for university staff, as well as community facilities and market housing.
Placing a firm focus on fostering communal life, the spaces between buildings are as important as the buildings themselves. A network of courts and squares creates a transition from the life of the city into the heart of a new community.
These varied interconnected spaces form a social landscape, recalling the differentiated spaces of the traditional city and the historic collegiate spaces of central Cambridge. They differ in scale and function, moving from the large, urban and public Market Square, through to the semi-public Landscape Court. Further courts and passages mediate between the two, providing a more intimate scale, communal facilities and semi-public functions.
Single storey cycle pavilions break down the scale and massing of the buildings, celebrating arrival by bicycle and the opportunity this presents for social interaction. Pedestrian routes are characterised by informal interconnections and permeability between public and semi-public spaces, helping to strengthen the sense of community.
At the heart of the project vision is a desire to create lifetime homes and to foster sustainable living. The landscape, interspersed with water features and edible plants, encourages both wildlife and opportunities for respite and outdoor activities. Apartments provide generous living spaces and are primarily dualaspect. The scheme utilises Combined Heat and Power Energy generation, rainwater harvesting and Sustainable Drainage Strategies. Residential units have been designed to meet the Code for Sustainable Homes Level 5, while retail units and non-residential spaces were built to BREEAM Excellent.
Client: The University of Cambridge
Area: 23 000 sqm
Architect: Stanton Williams
Project Manager: Turner and Townsend
Cost Manager: Gardiner and Theobald
Planning and Masterplanning Consultant: Aecom (formerly URS) Soft Landscape Architect: J+L
Structural Engineer: Aecom (formerly URS)/MLM Group* MEP Engineer: Aecom (formerly
Building Physics Consultant: Aecom (formerly URS)/HRS Engineering* Transport Consultant: Peter
CDM Consultant: Faithful and Gould
Code for Sustainable Homes and BREEAM Assessor: NHBC Main Contractor: Wates Group
*MLM Group, Hoare Lea and HRS Engineering all joined the project following the design stage