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Maccreanor Lavington and Witherford Watson Mann win planning for Cambridge homes

Stirling Prize winners Witherford Watson Mann and Maccreanor Lavington have scooped planning for housing within the huge £1 billion North West Cambridge masterplan

The 73 one and two bedroom apartments for university employees are contained within three connected buildings arranged around two courtyards designed by landscape architects Grant Associates.

Designed by the 2013 Stirling Prize-winning Witherford Watson Mann and 2008 winner Maccreanor Lavington the scheme ‘uses careful and robust materials to reflect accommodation that would be familiar in Cambridge’s existing centre.’

Last month Mecanoo, MUMA, Mole and Wilkinson Eyre received planning for other phases of the massive expansion project which has fifteen different practices working on it, including Alison Brooks, Marks Barfield, Sarah Wigglesworth and Stanton Williams.

Roger Taylor, project director of the North West Cambridge Development said: “The architectural designs sensitively reflect the urban and village qualities of the future surroundings. This response and style of architecture reflects the vision for the development, which is to create an urban extension to Cambridge and we are thrilled that the local authorities continue to support the designs for the North West Cambridge Development.’

The development forms part of the massive 140 hectare project which includes 3,000 homes, 100,000m ² of research space, a local centre and community facilities including a primary school, nursery, doctors’ surgery, supermarket and retail units.

Work on the development’s infrastructure will begin later this year, with completion due in 2016. 

Project data

Location Cambridge
Client University of Cambridge
Project management Turner and Townsend
Planning and masterplanning consultant Aecom
Cost management Gardiner and Theobald
Engineering consultant URS
Transport consultant Peter Brett Associates
Sustainability consultant Aecom SDG
Legal consultant Berwin Leighton Paisner
CDM consultant Faithful and Gould
Public art consultant Contemporary Art Society and Insite Arts
Architects (for this phase) Maccreanor Lavington Architects and Witherford Watson Mann
Other architects working on the development Wilkinson Eyre, Mole Architects, Stanton Williams, Mecanoo, Cottrell and Vermeulen, Sarah Wigglesworth Architects, The AOC, RH Partnership, Marks Barfield, MUMA, Alison Brooks Architects

Previous story (AJ 19.03.14)

Mecanoo and MUMA win planning for Cambridge extension

Key worker housing designed by Mecanoo and a community centre by MUMA within the huge £1billion North West Cambridge masterplan have won planning permission

The 324 homes designed by the Delft-based ‘integrate characteristics of Dutch architecture within the Cambridge context for the apartment blocks’.

The buildings are grouped around two interior courtyards with landscaped lawns and raised decks.

MUMA’s single-storey community centre connects to a larger main hall and two multi-purpose rooms.

The schemes form part of the massive 140 hectare project which includes 3,000 homes, 100,000m ² of research space, a local centre and community facilities including a primary school, nursery, doctors’ surgery, supermarket and retail units.

Roger Taylor, project director of the North West Cambridge Development said: ‘Both the MUMA and Mecanoo designs contribute to the overarching architectural principles and vision of this urban extension to Cambridge.  The integration of buildings with landscape in these aspects all contribute towards the goal of creating a vibrant place for future residents.’

Stanton Williams, Mole, Alison Brooks and Witherford Watson Mann are among the fifteen architects working on the massive expansion project.

Work on the development’s infrastructure will begin later this year, with completion due in 2016.

Previous story (AJ 3.3.14)

Mole and Wilkinson Eyre wins planning for Cambridge extension

Wilkinson Eyre and Mole Architects’ first phase of the huge £1 billion North West Cambridge extension project has won planning

The two practices have drawn up plans for the development’s local centre including university apartments, a food store, doctors’ surgery, and an energy centre.

The buildings sit around a market square which has been designed by landscape architects Townshend.

Aecom’s landscaping plan for the development’s western edge also received the go-ahead. The scheme will see land adjacent to the M11 landscaped with planting, swales and lagoons.

Roger Taylor, project director of the North West Cambridge Development said: ‘The local centre and landscaping proposals reflect the quality of the kind of place that we will create.  Both aspects capture slices of city and park life in Cambridge and promote the urban extension that we have always envisaged the development to be.  The Western Edge and local centre create natural meeting places where people can come together.  The University’s commitment to these facilities will establish the foundations for a new part of the City of which Cambridge can be proud.’

The schemes by Wilkinson Eyre and Mole form part of the massive 140 hectare project which includes 3,000 homes, 100,000m ² of research space, a local centre and community facilities including a primary school, nursery, doctors’ surgery, supermarket and retail units.

Stanton Williams, Mecanoo, Alison Brooks and Witherford Watson Mann are among the fifteen architects working on the massive expansion project.

Work on the development’s infrastructure will begin in 2014, with completion due in 2016.

Previous story (AJ 21.10.13)

Stanton Williams replaces Chipperfield on Cambridge urban extension

Stanton Williams has been brought in by the University of Cambridge to replace David Chipperfield Architects on a key part of its £1 billion North West Cambridge project

The practice had been among those originally shortlisted for the so-called lot two scheme, alongside the likes of Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios and Hopkins Architects before Chipperfield landed the project last July (see AJ 18.07.2012).

Part of wider plans for a 140ha mixed academic and residential community north west of the university city, lot two includes student accommodation, shops, a café and a pub.

Roger Taylor, project director of North West Cambridge said: ‘Stanton Williams has an impressive track record for delivering high quality, innovative architectural design.  As a practice they have a superb approach for creating architecture from the inside-out; placing the user at the heart of their design. We look forward to working with the team to create architecture that both the University and the city can be proud of.”

The university is working with 15 architectural practices on the urban extension and will be submitting a series of reserved matters applications to the local authorities over the next few years.

Infrastructure work is set to start later this year with the first buildings completing in late 2015.

First phase architects:

  • Lot 1 Food store, energy centre and University apartments: Wilkinson Eyre Architects, London with Mole Architects, Cambridge
  • Lot 2 Shops, pub, University café, housing office and University apartments: Stanton Williams, London
  • Lot 3 University apartments: Mecanoo, Delft
  • Lot 4 University apartments and family houses: Cottrell & Vermeulen Architecture, Sarah Wigglesworth Architects and AOC, London
  • Lot 5 Student housing: RH Partnership, Cambridge
  • Lot 7 Community hall, health clinic and police office: MUMA, London
  • Lot 8: University housing: Maccreanor Lavington and Witherford Watson Mann
  • Lot 9: University market housing: Alison Brooks Architects
  • Lot A (landscape) public realm and parklands: AECOM, London
  • Lot B (landscape) market square and local centre public realm: Townshend Landscape Architects, London

Previous story (AJ 13.09.13)

Chippo out, as new search begins for Cambridge urban extension architect

The University of Cambridge has confirmed it is looking for another architect to take on work on part of the £1 billion North West Cambridge project.

The university said it was exploring using a different architect for Lot 2 of the first phase of the scheme, to replace David Chipperfield Architects which will no longer be working on it.

A spokesperson for the North West Cambridge development team said the university was taking a “different approach” to that part of the scheme.

The urban extension developments will create a 140ha mixed academic and residential community in North West Cambridge, and includes six main lots plus two landscaping lots.

Lot 2 includes shops, a pub, a University cafe, a housing office and university apartments.

Other practices originally shortlisted for Lot 2 include Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios with 5th Studio and Mole Architects, HKS Architects with Metaphorm, Hopkins Architects and Stanton Williams.

David Chipperfield Architects was unavailable for comment.

Readers' comments (1)

  • The elevation in the first image is unfortunate in having quite such a regular grid of windows, in that it suggests that the housing is no more than high-bay racking for storing people.

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