Civic Trust Awards
Level of Award
Local Authority Area
Information about this scheme
Marmalade Lane is a cohousing scheme in Cambridge, a group custom build development of sustainable apartments and houses and shared facilities. All homes were sold at market value through off-plan purchases.
The design responses were enhanced through workshops with future residents as part of the collaborative design process, with residents able to configure their home to meet their individual requirements, selecting different dwelling types, floor plan layouts, brick colours, and extensive kitchen and bathroom options (including self-fit). This multigenerational community has fostered social interaction, with residents aged from 0 to 80 years old, who know and support each other and share the day-to-day management of their community.
As well as their individual private homes and outdoor gardens and balconies, households have the shared use of a common house where they can cook, eat and socialise together and a large shared garden, incorporating amenity space, rainwater management areas, food growing areas and retained trees and
hedgerow. As a co-housing community, the project is designed to cater for all residents, for people at different stages of life, and importantly to be flexible to allow for changing needs.
Central to the vision of the community is the common house and shared garden; these are spaces easily accessed and open to all, located at the ground floor, and positioned so as to be the natural way in to the development, with a street door on one side and south facing terrace on the garden side.
All circulation in these common areas is deliberately spacious; requirements for wheelchair users are incorporated without this being evident or at odds with the special qualities. The principles of the HAPPI reports were adopted as an excellent basis for all developments.
Marmalade Lane is a popular and inviting street for both residents of the community and nearby residents. The lane offers a vision of how streets could be without cars with its low walls and benches, sofa, and mural and chalk drawings on the tarmac and toys lying around.
Coulsons Building Group
Cambridge City Council
Primary Use Class
Class C3 - Dwelling Houses