Residential housing
Client: Flagship Group
Location: Cambourne
Status: Completed

Back Lane, Cambourne

Saunders Boston Architects (SBA) worked with Flagship Group to develop a pocket site within the centre of Cambourne. The greenfield site is particularly important as it completes the transition between the adjacent residential developments and the Police / Fire Station.

The project includes 27no residential units configured in a mix of 12 houses (2, 3 and 4 bed) and 15 apartments for over 55 residents. Initially the project was 100% Affordable tenure but Flagship requested that the mix was revised to include all houses for outright sale or shared ownership. SBA revised some of the layouts of these units to make them more marketable – i.e. en-suites were added to the main bedroom.

The site layout was influenced by the local context and provides new pedestrian links through the site together with enhancing an existing local area of play (L.A.P). The design was subject to rigorous planning processes including presentations to the Design Enabling Panel, Design Workshops and Parish Council.

Planning was gained at the first attempt and SBA managed to limit planning conditions via a very comprehensive planning submission.

New dwellings are located to ensure a continuous building mass along the main street frontage while creating 2no new mews style internal ‘courtyards’. All units are designed in a contemporary style to respond to the brief for a prestigious development.

The scheme was completed on time and within budget. The development has bettered initial sales forecasts with excellent interest realising maximum capital receipts on sales.

Flagship Group is submitting the project for a Design Award.