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Alison Brooks submits Cambridge mixed-use scheme

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Alison Brooks Architects has submitted plans for this mixed-use scheme in Cambridge

Backed by UNEX Group, the 11,150m² scheme includes 84 homes alongside commercial spaces set within eight blocks of varying heights.

The development will reinstate one of the city’s nineteenth-century lanes with meandering buildings framing a pedestrian and cycle-friendly streetscape.

Alison Brooks Architects' Severn Place

The architect’s view

The staggered plan form subtly subdivides the streetscape into separate garden courts in front of each building, increasing privacy for ground floor units and adding to the quality of landscaped public realm. The scheme creates shared and private roof and podium gardens along with undercroft and basement car parking areas and two new commercial units.

The material palette for the blocks is inspired by the subtle colour variation and village-like character of the terraced houses jostling together in nearby streets. By utilising brick as a primary material, but introducing subtle differences in colour, shade, texture and reflectivity between the blocks, the proposed scheme further reinforces the distinction between individual residential blocks, each with distinct front doors from Severn Place.

Alison Brooks Architects' Severn Place

Project data

Location Cambridge
Type of project mixed-use residential
Client UNEX Group
Architect Alison Brooks Architects
Landscape architect Bradley-Hole Schoenaich Landscape Architects
Planning consultantGeraint John Planning
Structural engineer WSP
M&E consultant WSP
Quantity surveyor Bremner Partnership
Gross internal floor area 11,150m²
Annual predicted CO2 emissions 44.48kgCO2/m²/year
Predicted air tightness levels 5m³/hr/m² @ 50Pa
Predicted energy demands 1,667,010 kWh/year
Specific environmental targets Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4


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