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Abode at Great Kneighton Housing / Proctor and Matthews Architects

Abode at Great Kneighton Housing / Proctor and Matthews Architects

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 861.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2019
  • Photographs Photographs: Tim Crocker
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Argonaut, Bentley Systems, Hanson jetfloor, Ibstock, Marley Alutech, Mitek, Olson, Rundum Meir, Sandtoft, Sarnafil, VELUX Commercial, Velfac
  • Lead Architects: Proctor & Matthews Architects
  • Clients: Countryside Properties
  • Structural Engineer: URS
  • M&E Consultant: Kaizenge
  • Planning Consultant: SW Planning
  • Sustainability Consultant: Environ
  • Landscape Consultant: Townshends Landscape Architects
  • Main Contractor: Countryside Properties
  • Four Bedroom Courtyard Home: 451.4 m2
  • Two Bedroom Courtyard Mews: 165.0 m2
  • Terraced Villa: 244.3 m2
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Text description provided by the architects. The second phase of Abode, an award-winning residential development designed by Proctor and Matthews Architects, is now complete. Part of the new village of Great Kneighton, it forms a significant part of the Cambridge southern fringe expansion.

© Tim Crocker
© Tim Crocker

 Designed for Countryside Properties, an additional 136 dwellings form Phase II of Abode, completing a neighbourhood of 442 homes in all. A landmark project for high-quality housing of this scale, Abode is recognised as a new benchmark for residential development, and an exemplar for edge of city and town expansion.

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House plans 1.250
Section 01
Section 01

Abode is a mixed-tenure development that includes 40% of all homes as affordable, allocated tenure-blind, ensuring quality and parity across the entire development. Designed to have multi-generational appeal, the site introduces a wide variety of unique new housing typologies, which have attracted a broad range of buyers from single-person households to couples and families. Both the masterplan and the detailed design of the dwellings reflect the context of Cambridge with the public realm and built form reflecting both the city’s unique collegiate and urban structure, as well as its surrounding Fenland villages.

© Tim Crocker
© Tim Crocker

Phase II of Abode further develops the contemporary courtyard and mews house types that proved so successful in Phase I. Clusters of different typologies have been combined together to deliver increased densities without feeling over-developed. With an urban streetscape linking Abode to the edge of the city, a combination of four-bedroom courtyard homes, smaller two-bedroom courtyard mews houses and terraced villas in back to back formations creates a mixed residential population.

© Tim Crocker
© Tim Crocker

The homes do not have traditional front and rear gardens that usually define the landscape, instead outdoor space is provided by substantial roof terraces at differing levels, enabling greater and easier access to outdoor space. As the development progresses towards the country park edge, three large unique courtyard typologies form two mews streets and a defined edge to the new development.

© Tim Crocker
© Tim Crocker

Abode’s location means that residents can reach the centre of Cambridge by bike, or on foot in under 20 minutes. To encourage walking and cycling within the neighbourhood, key communal amenities are situated close together, including a primary school that is now fully occupied, shops and healthcare facilities. Level access to streets, communal squares and residential buildings ensure that the quarter is both accessible and inclusive.

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Address: Cambridge, United Kingdom

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Cite: "Abode at Great Kneighton Housing / Proctor and Matthews Architects" 29 Oct 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/927320/abode-at-great-kneighton-housing-proctor-and-matthews-architects/> ISSN 0719-8884

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