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Stanton Williams gets go-ahead for Cambridge key-worker housing

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Stanton Williams has won planning for key-worker homes as part of the North West Cambridge extension

The scheme includes 264 homes as well as shops, social spaces and public realm designed by Townshend Landscape Architects.

The one, two, three and four-bedroom apartments will front onto a market square which will form the focal point of the development.

The Stirling Prize-winning practice was brought in by the University of Cambridge to replace David Chipperfield on the job back in 2013.

The project forms part of the £1 billion, 140ha extension to Cambridge which also includes schools, student accommodation, shops and restaurants.

The housing will sit beside previously approved schemes by Wilkinson Eyre, Mole, Mecanoo, Witherford Watson Mann and Maccreanor Lavington, Muma, RH Partnership and Marks Barfield.

Gavin Henderson, director at Stanton Williams, said: ‘This challenging and ambitious project forms the heart of the new community being created at North West Cambridge. We’ve approached this challenge by focusing on the design of spaces, rather than buildings: creating a of public spaces which encourage interaction and support communal life. These varied spaces create a social landscape, recalling the differentiated spaces of the traditional city or the historic collegiate spaces of central Cambridge.’

Heather Topel, deputy project director for the North West Cambridge Development added: ‘The architectural proposals in the local centre are a critical ingredient to creating the urban grain for this new district in Cambridge.’

The development is set to finish in phases with the first set to complete in Autumn 2015.

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