Sustainable housing project wins RICS award

A residential scheme has taken the title of the UK’s Project of the Year in the RICS Social Impact Awards Grand Final at a special online ceremony amidst the coronavirus lockdown.

Marmalade Lane in Cambridge beat off stiff competition from 85 other environmentally minded building projects in the most recent edition of the RICs Awards, which were created over 25 years ago.

A “cohousing community”, Marmalade Lane was developed as a collaboration with its future homemakers who will occupy the 42 residences in the scheme.

The RICS Judges Chairman, David Brooks Wilson, commented:

“A co-operative was formed which guided this scheme from the outset involving residents in the detail alongside the local council and the developer. A combination of sustainable, low energy, and practical units were created.”

The new scheme features reduced parking facilities for cars and shared electric vehicles that are available to residents. Other features designed to offer a sense of community include a workshop, gym and a shop selling local produce. Safe enclosed places have been created for children to play, and plenty of open spaces offer communal areas for homeowners to interact freely.

The award-winning project has been constructed to exacting environmental specifications that have resulted in a community-centric neighbourhood with sustainable properties, designed to have a positive effect on the lives of its residents.

In line with green government ambitions, architects in Chester, Cambridge and other cities are increasingly focused on creating sustainable designs for new building projects, considering the environmental surrounds of their locations.

Posted by Mark
December 7, 2020

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