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The scheme was selected by the national panel members as their favourite scheme from this year’s Civic Trust Award winning projects, and was one of eight Special Awards presented to projects demonstrating outstanding credentials.
The 56th Annual Civic Trust Awards Ceremony was held on Friday 6th March at the Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London, hosted by architect, writer and TV presenter George Clarke. Established in 1959, the Civic Trust Awards are the longest-standing architecture and built environment awards scheme in Europe, recognising the very best in architecture, urban design, planning, landscape, public realm and public art. This year, over 230 award entries were received and 91 projects were recognised.
Abode was judged against a rigorous set of criteria addressing design excellence, inclusivity for users and positive community impact. The scheme, designed in conjunction with architects Proctor and Matthews, earned the award for its high quality public open spaces and landscaping, the craftsmanship and detailing of the design and the wide range of differently sized homes available.
In deciding the winner of the National Panel Special Award, the judges remarked on Abode’s impressive design:
“The careful detailing of the brick and timber clad elevations contributes to a palpably rich setting which has been very effectively complemented by a diverse horticultural landscape.”
Tony Travers, Managing Director of the New Homes & Communities Central division at Countryside said: “It is great news that Abode has been recognised with the National Panel Special award, which follows other recent high profile accolades and titles. Abode is an exemplar of the type of high quality, community-led place making that we pride ourselves on at Countryside. With many of the homes now occupied, it is great to see this vibrant and sustainable new neighbourhood fully coming to life. It is also testament to the quality of the scheme that very few other large housing developments have been recognised in these awards.”
Abode includes a wide variety of stylish properties from studio apartments through to six bedroom barn style houses designed to suit a wide range of residents and lifestyles. All properties feature innovative, contemporary architecture and a high quality interior specification. Spread across three distinct zones and surrounded by extensive landscaping that helps the buildings relate to the surrounding countryside, Abode takes some of its design cues from traditional Cambridge architecture reworked for 21st century living and incorporating the best in sustainable design.
Abode, recent winner of a Housing Design Awards Supreme award, a Sunday Times British Homes award and a What House Award, is one of three current developments at Great Kneighton where Countryside is creating over 2,250 new homes as well as a wide range of amenities and community facilities. Residents can make the most of the new 120-acre country park that Countryside is creating, as well as new schools, a health centre, shops, library and transport hub. Residents will be able to enjoy superb outdoor facilities including allotments, ponds, playing fields for the new secondary school and adventure play areas.
Located approximately three miles from the city centre, Abode is in easy reach of central Cambridge, Addenbrooke’s Hospital and the Cambridge Biomedical Campus.
Abode is currently sold out but a new phase will be launched in late Spring 2015. For further information, contact the Marketing Suite on 01223 846 650 or visit www.abodecambridge.co.uk
Information correct at time of publication.