Client: Countryside Properties
Architect: Bdg Architects
Number Of Units: 276
– New Build
– Bespoke Modern Housing Design
– Apartment Buildings – Architecturally Led
– Deep Drainage Systems
This site comprises part of a larger, 5000 home, construction programme involving development of land on Clay Farm and Glebe Farm on the outskirts of Cambridge.
Glebe Farm is a 9 Hectar site comprising 286 homes in apartments and houses. The site will represent the new southern gateway to Cambridge. The project is another of our projects that is architecturally led, comprising the design of private and Housing Association variations on 8 bespoke houses, and 8 types of apartment buildings clad in combinations of timber, brickwork, zinc and copper. The theme for the site is a modern urban development similar in nature to Countryside Properties Accordia development, which won the Sterling Prize in 2008 – the first housing development to win this coveted award.
The site is split into 11 phases. The original budget and programme were based on piled foundations. Gravity Consulting Engineers engineered a combination of rafts, mass trenchfill and reinforced concrete strip footings on this site to provide a faster, more economic form of construction. Foundation design was detailed to consider the effects of stormwater and foul drainage systems that were constructed to depth of up to 8m across the site.
The superstructure designs, including those for apartments, are all in load bearing masonry following Gravity’s successful negotiations with the NHBC to classify some limited 5 story elements at Class 2A via the design of protected storeys in reinforced concrete and by compromise on the grounds of low risk.