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.
The new single-storey workshops building is close to North Court set in existing woodland. The U-shaped building has a laminated timber frame clad partly in masonry and partly in cedar. External roof planes are sedum planted, and the ground is mounded against the walls on the north and western edges. The building has been designed to be highly energy-efficient, and is insulated to achieve u-values of 0.15 W/m3K in the walls and 0.11 W/m3K in the roof.
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.
Construction of this new family house to the south of the city centre was completed in spring 2009. The house is sited on a 12 meter plot adjacent to the client’s current family home. As well as functioning as a retirement home for the client, the house provides a consulting and therapy room and a top lit gallery space for exhibiting the client’s paintings. An open plan living space faces the garden to the rear, and the consulting room addresses a south-facing private courtyard.
“Vibrant and imaginative architecture that not only moves forward the boundaries of innovation but also offers practicality and sympathy with surrounding structures and landscapes.” Ed Jarron, Feb 2012
We prepared a Master Plan for the development of Clare Hall’s Herschel Road site. The building form and pattern follows closely the principles established by Ralph Erskine, the architect for the College in 1968. There are no corridors in the new buildings, so that in this graduate building students emerge from their rooms into a daylit space from which the new courtyard can be overlooked. The building obtained a Civic Trust Commendation, and was reviewed in the RIBA Journal, and appeared in “Home, a place to live” (RIBA Housing Design Awards).
As the college has grown, the social facilities for fellows and students needed enlarging. Rather than alter the existing building we recommended providing a new social facility in the garden between the main building and the neighbouring house, Elmside. It contains a bar, meeting room and TV room and is sited so that it is engaged with an existing pathway amongst the trees.
West Court is formed by the Paul Mellon Building containing 11 flats for visiting Fellows and the Robert Honeycombe building which provides 13 graduate study bedrooms. The flats are two-way facing, four to a staircase, and with the exception of a disabled person’s flat, have two bedrooms. The study bedrooms are mostly south facing looking over the garden, the first floor rooms having small balconies. They are entered from a generous double-height gallery lit from above and from each end by large high level windows. The project also included refurbishing and extending a swimming pool and gymnasium, and a new tennis court.
Outline consent for a master plan was obtained and a phased development took place over a 12-year period beginning with two new day-girl houses, one of which was accommodated within five existing Grade II Listed cottages. These were in varying states of repair and had been constructed at different times. Existing bricks, chimney pots, tiles and slates have been matched with secondhand materials, while the new work aims to be compatible with the old but not imitative.
The final phase, after conversions of existing 19th Century buildings and a roof addition to form careers rooms, consists of a new science laboratory on top of an existing building and new day-houses and classrooms. A two-storey high archway signals the main gate to the complex, which is designed along a route leading through to the existing gymnasium building beyond. Windows and stairway landings are carefully placed throughout the scheme to maximise the opportunity to perceive the nave and towers of the nearby cathedral.
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.
A major re-furbishment of a street of nineteenth century houses for Magdalene College, Cambridge, behind Quayside. The street and courtyard façades were retained but new insulated timber partitions were inserted to create undergraduate rooms and sets. The cantilevered stone staircase with cast iron balustrades was repaired, and new fire doors designed to bring the building up to current standards, without compromising the integrity of the historic building.
Our competition entry for the re-furbishment of King’s College’s Market Hostel in central Cambridge, in addition to renewing the 1960’s hostel as required in the brief, investigated the creation of an atrium space and improved entrance to replace the gloomy passage and rear courtyard.
A number of studies for the development of backland on a site in central Cambridge. New south-facing flats overlooking a playground and parking area are planned off a shared paved entrance way, accessed from Great Eastern Street. The new buildings are part rendered under a metal roof, whereas extensions to the existing nineteenth century terrace have second hand bricks and slate roofs.