bptw’s Cambridge residential scheme was granted planning permission at committee last Wednesday.
The development is a joint venture between Hill Residential and Homerton College who own the land, and will complete a larger mixed use scheme that involves the provision of new teaching facilities and student accommodation for Abbey College.
The layout is configured into a series of distinct buildings that form the western and southern edges of a shared landscaped amenity space which enclosed by the new student accommodation to the north and a converted teaching building to the east. A total of 95 new homes will be provided in a mix of apartments and large family houses, and includes 40% affordable housing to comply with local policies. The apartments are arranged in includes three ‘’pavilion’’ blocks that face onto the adjoining railway edge with the middle block extending back from the railway to connect visually with the houses to form a strong frontage onto Harrison Drive. To the south of the development an existing pond will form part of the water attenuation strategy and will be retained and re-shaped with additional planting to enhance the ecology.
Chosen to reflect the neighbouring residential and educational buildings of Homerton College, a warm red brick has been selected as the primary external cladding with metal panelling featured on recessed and linking elements to emphasise the pavilion forms. Balconies are a mix of metal and glass panels to compliment the brick and metal envelope.
Members of the planning committee commented that this was a "thoroughly welcome scheme’’ with vice chair Cllr Blencowe adding that he considered it a "well thought out scheme, very good design’’.