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This is the second major award win in 2014 for Abode, part of Great Kneighton in Cambridge, after being named Supreme Award winner at the Housing Design Awards in July.
The award ceremony took place on Friday 19 September at the London Marriot Hotel, and was presided over by sustainable architectural designer and TV presenter Oliver Heath. The judging panel, chaired by Professor Robert Adam, Director of ADAM Architecture consisted of 12 senior figures from across the property industry.
Speaking about the award, Graham Cherry, Chief Executive of Countryside comments: “We are delighted that Abode has been named Development of the Year at the British Homes Awards. It is quite rightly receiving great recognition. It is the epitome of what Countryside aims to achieve when planning and building a new development; a home residents can fall in love with, a place communities feel proud of and quality homes that will stand the test of time.”
Designed in conjunction with Proctor & Matthews architects, comprising a stylish mix of contemporary houses and apartments situated across three distinct zones, Abode is a modern take on traditional Cambridge architecture.
The Great Court creates a dramatic entrance to the development, with two striking ‘marker’ buildings which reference the scale of Cambridge college gatehouses and feature decorative metal sheet cladding with perforated graphics.
Immediately behind the Great Court is The Urban Mews, a series of streets with three storey ‘saw tooth’ houses punctuated with perpendicular green corridors.
Further back, the Green Lanes feature loose clusters of barn-style homes with private walled gardens. The properties are finished with black lap-boarding, reminiscent of traditional outbuildings.
On the southern fringe of the city centre, Abode is part of Great Kneighton, where Countryside is creating over 2,250 new homes and a wide range of community facilities, including a proposed health centre, shops, library, community square, sports pitches and a public art programme.
Perfect for families, a new 120 acre Country Park is currently being constructed which will contain woodland, four ponds including a 50,000m2 bird reserve, wetlands, allotments, playing fields for the proposed new secondary school, and a range of play areas, including an adventure playground.
Located within the new village square, the transport hub will ensure commuters can access the city centre and train station in under 20 minutes via the Cambridgeshire Guided Busway. From the train station there are regular services to London’s Liverpool Street and King’s Cross stations, as well as to Stansted Airport. By car, the M11 is only a few minutes away.
Prices for homes at Abode range from £375,000 for a 2 bedroom house to £900,000 for a 6 bedroom house. For more information on Abode call 01223 846 650 or visit abodecambridge.co.uk.
Information correct at time of publication.