Housing
Program: 73 affordable rent, key worker units
Client: University of Cambridge
Phase: under construction

Maccreanor Lavington was part of the AECOM team that prepared the North West Cambridge Masterplan – a development that will provide up to 3,000 new dwellings in a city extension on former green belt land. As part of Phase 1, Maccreanor Lavington will develop Lot 8 in collaboration with Witherford Watson Mann.

Lot 8 plays an important role in the establishment of the Local Centre within the masterplan and provides a critical mass of University affordable housing. The 73 flats are designed to meet Code for Sustainable Homes Level 5 and the aim is to create a good piece of city -‘background’ architecture characterised by careful detailing and robust, primarily brick, materials, of a type familiar in the existing Cambridge city centre.

It is central to the brief to provide high quality accommodation that establishes a sense of belonging and identity as part of the University and the wider community. A third of the accommodation will be provided around single stair cores giving access to two flats at each floor, a typology similar to the collegiate model offered in many Cambridge colleges. The scheme also offers carefully landscaped communal courtyards, generous communal entrance spaces and unit layouts appropriate to student living.

Lot 8 will start on site in April 2015.