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RIBA Client of the Year 2015: Countryside Properties

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Countryside properties was nominated for the 2015 RIBA Client of the Year Award by Proctor and Matthews

Countryside Properties has built on the legacy of  late founder Alan Cherry, whose desire to develop inclusive, mixed-tenure neighbourhoods with a clear identity and sense of place led the company to appoint some of the country’s leading architects, working across the full range of its portfolio – not just on niche sites in inner London.

The result is an impressive list of award-winning projects including Newhall, Harlow, winner of a National RIBA Award in 2005 and the 2008 Stirling Prize winner, Accordia in Cambridge. Countryside is part of the team behind the groundbreaking Greenwich Millennium Village and most recently is the developer of Abode at Great Kneighton, Cambridge, named this year’s RIBA Eastern Region Building of the Year, and winner of a 2015 National RIBA Award together with this year’s Civic Trust National Panel Special Award and Supreme Winner at the 2014 Housing Design Awards.

The success of these projects is undoubtedly due to Countryside’s focus on design quality and desire to explore new responses to changing lifestyles. It has demonstrated a determined commitment to design continuity, with the retention of its architects through all stages of these award-winning developments.

Stephen Proctor and Andrew Matthews

Abode, Great Kneighton, Cambridge


Client Countryside Properties
Architect Proctor and Matthews
Contractor Countryside Properties
Contract value £45 million
Structural engineer Ramboll UK
Landscape architect BBUK
Photography Tim Crocker

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