Location: Cambridge
Sector: Mixed use residential & Commercial
Client: Luminus Developments Ltd
Value: £11.4 million
Duration: 104 weeks
Completed: 30th November 2016

The scheme comprising of 75 mixed use apartments, a commercial space and underground parking/ plant room facilities, was completed at the end of November 2016.

The two year construction programme followed a yearlong enabling works period that was a demolition and archaeological exploration period where numerous artefacts were uncovered including medieval skeletal remains. The construction phase then followed, with a wide variety of construction techniques and methodologies used, from sheet piling of basement walls, In-situ concrete used to form basement to 1st floor frame with off-site manufactured timber frame solution used to form the frame from levels 1-4. Once the timber frame was completed it was dressed in a variety of façade materials from traditional brick work to Tecu Bronze copper sheeting, stick bricks, render and terracotta tiling. The facades were completed by a series of large window openings designed to maximise natural lighting whilst optimising the stunning views of Cambridge that surround the site.

Within the development we completed 3 fully wheelchair accessible units as well as 12 affordable units, 15 Shared ownership units and 45 Private sale apartments including 6 penthouses, all finished to varying specifications and level of finishes. The scheme also complied with Secure by design, Life Time Homes, Wheelchair housing design guide, robust details and approved construction details.

Mechanical and electrical services within the scheme included a smoke extract system for the basement car park and all communal spaces including integration into the fire alarm and access control systems, secondary UPS system, communal heating system HIU control systems, boosted cold water tank and pump, MVHR and SYSTEM 3 ventilation, along with CCTV and symphonic drainage systems.

Key features

  • Copper pods
  • Terracotta tiling
  • Courtyard gardens
  • Stick brick facades

The project incorporated a high level of sustainability within the design with materials selection from renewable sources and technologies introduced to maximise the buildings potential this included rainwater harvesting, high levels of insulation, solar PV, natural ventilation, along with low energy fixtures and fittings fitted throughout the project all assisted in the CFSH level 3 being achieved, returning EPCs rated category B properties.

The project provided some logistical and construction challenges for the onsite team to overcome with 31 different types of flat layout the project was far from a simple building, this was a fantastic achievement for the business and is a project the team are proud of.

Project team – Dean Haskins, Gordon Betts, Gary Fairclough, Gary Rush, Jake Betts, Joshua Chapman and Bradley Elsworth.

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