Aura, Great Kneighton

  • © Timothy Soar
  • © Timothy Soar
  • © Timothy Soar
  • © Timothy Soar
  • © Timothy Soar
  • © Timothy Soar
  • © Paul Eccleston Arthouse Ltd
  • © Timothy Soar
  • © Timothy Soar
  • © Paul Eccleston Arthouse Ltd
  • © Paul Eccleston Arthouse Ltd
  • © TateHindle
  • © Timothy Soar
  • © Paul Eccleston Arthouse Ltd
  • © Paul Eccleston Arthouse Ltd
  • © Clare Banks
  • © Paul Eccleston Arthouse Ltd
  • © Paul Eccleston Arthouse Ltd
  • © Paul Eccleston Arthouse Ltd
  • © Paul Eccleston Arthouse Ltd

Application Type

Civic Trust Awards

Level of Award

Commendation

Region

Greater London

Local Authority Area

Cambridge

Information about this scheme

Aura creates 394 homes as part of a masterplan to develop 2300 new homes at Great Kneighton, Cambridge. The development is located on a site that was previously used for agricultural farming, between Trumpington and Addenbrooke's Hospital. The brief was to develop and attract people to Cambridge’s Southern Fringe and knit this new community into the surrounding countryside and existing residential areas, forming strong links with the city to create a 21st Century sustainable garden suburb .Responding to its location and the landscape, Aura is organised as a framework of streets and landscaped squares with extensive use of shared surfaces, balancing ponds, rain gardens and rills as part of an integrated SuDS strategy. Housing is framed by existing field boundary hedgerows and ancient plantations. Large homes maximise the leafiest environment along the edge of the site, with terraces and balconies at high level to give a feeling of being within the tree canopy. Smaller townhouses and courtyards create a buffer between the apartment buildings on Lime Avenue which runs through the centre of the scheme, and the larger Arcadian closes that nestle between the existing hedgerows and mature trees. The new homes at Aura create a community nurtured by variety and scale to accommodate and support a diverse demographic. Including 40% affordable housing, dwellings range from apartment blocks to terraced, courtyard and detached houses, to ensure the development appeals to all sections of the market, from first time buyers, families to over 55s looking to downsize. Homes are designed for modern lifestyles and include large open plan living/dining areas, integrated garages with designated cycle storage and adaptable layouts to accommodate the changing needs of family life. An ambition to create clearly defined character areas at Aura has resulted in a development with a strong visual identity that promotes wayfinding. The scheme utilises a variety of devices to aid navigation, from creating a marker building to indicate the development’s entrance, to the positioning of pocket parks, and the astute use of a refined palette of materials.

Credits

Architect

TateHindle

Structural Engineer

AECOM

M&E Engineers

AES

Quantity Surveyor

Countryside Properties

Landscape Architect

BBUK

Acoustic Engineer

AES

Services Engineer

AES

Primary Use Class

Class C3 - Dwelling Houses