Our scheme for seven apartments and a shop on the corner of Young Street and Sturton Street, in the central conservation area in Cambridge, is immediately adjacent to recently competed Anglia Ruskin University student accommodation. The proposal steps up from two, to three, and finally four storeys. A gently sloping south-facing roof, equipped with PV cells and Sedum, is punctuated by recessed terraces and a chimney (redolent of those in the ARU building) demarcates the corner. The building subtly references not only the surrounding Victorian architecture but also the architecture of its newest neighbour; modulating the change in scale from the two-storey terraced houses to the south to the four-storey ARU building.
We obtained planning consent for a block of flats in Severn Place, behind the Grafton Centre in Cambridge, which was constructed under a Design and Build contract. Subsequently we have secured a consent for an adjacent block on the remaining site.
The buildings relate in scale to the shopping centre and office buildings nearby, whilst stepping down to two surviving semi-detached houses from an earlier generation. The varied treatment of the elevations helps to dramatise the response to the very different site conditions in all directions.
Our hilltop scheme for 8 luxury retirement apartments in Loughton provides stunning views south towards London. The site is currently occupied by a large Edwardian house that would be demolished. One of the most remarkable aspects of the site is the expansive view across Epping Forest. We have developed a site plan that not only allows the apartments to enjoy the views but also provides a new and unexpected connections to the landscape from within the public realm. Apartments are arranged in two adjacent blocks that are gently splayed in relation to each other. An inclined planted roof slopes up as the landscape falls away, creating a dramatic stepped section addressing the landscape to the south, allowing each apartment to enjoy the dramatic views whilst minimising the building’s impact to the street.
We have prepared proposals for a mixed use development on The High Street in Dartford. The scheme will retain the existing building fronting the high street and replace a number of low quality storage units with nine urban apartments above retail units.
Our proposal for five family houses aims to achieve code level 5 of the Code for Sustainable Homes. The site is part of an 8 hectare estate, located within the village confines beyond Whittlebury High Street, and is currently occupied by a single house and stable block. The open space directly behind the existing house was formerly part of the hunting ground associated with the manor house, demolished in the 1970’s. A lawn to the north of the site slopes gently down to a heavily wooded area around a lake.
The houses are arranged in an L-shape to create a welcoming courtyard around a new tree. Stone used in the construction of the current house had been salvaged from the demolishion of the manor house. This stone will be incorporated into the construction of garden walls and paving within the proposed development. A combination of local stone and timber cladding will be used for the new houses.
This proposal in Girton for a private developer replaced a small dwelling with a 2 storey villa providing four apartments. Planning permission was granted in 2012.
We obtained planning consent for a developer to create four houses in a suburban backland and build a block of flats on the frontage of his site. The area committee originally refused permission, despite our proposals having gained officer recommendation, but the refusal was turned down by the inspector on appeal.
The houses are substantially one-way facing to avoid overlooking neighbouring gardens, and the flats sit comfortably within the suburban context.
We developed these two houses in the centre of Cambridge. Highly specific in their design they are intended to be proto-typical of the kind of new urban housing that could be provided in British cities in the 21st century.
They incorporate Geothermal pumps to harness heat energy from the earth providing both heating and hot water. The heat pump has replaced the need for a traditional boiler and the extra initial outlay will be recouped by minimising dependancy on increasingly expensive gas and electricity.
This mixed-use scheme for 60 apartments and retail accommodation is part of an ambitious regeneration proposal for the Shottgate Estate in Wickford, Essex.
Dual-aspect apartments of varying sizes are arranged around a U-shaped, south-facing private courtyard, bounded to the north by a single storey range of local shops. 70 Car parking spaces are provided in a semi-basement and the excavated earth is used to landscape the courtyard.
Studies for groups of village houses, on the edge of Barrington, Cambridge. We obtained a planning consent, but the development did not proceed in this form. The house types introduce a theme that we have subsequently exploited a number of times: ranges of rooms with a favourable garden orientation, with shallow or near-flat roofs, stairs and circulation on the rear with a steep roof, allowing sunshine into the depth of the house.