Award for Cambridge housing development design

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Cambridge City Council has welcomed the news that the Abode housing development in Great Kneighton has won the "Supreme Award" for the most outstanding new homes development at the Housing Design Awards.

Housing developer, Countryside, received the award for Abode which judges said "was by some distance the most inventive development in England today."

Aspects of the design that impressed the judges included its green corridors, innovative use of materials, detailed features and links to traditional buildings.

Abode also won a second award; the Graham Pye Award "for the development which has the most responsive design to how we live."

Great Kneighton, on the southern fringe of Cambridge, will eventually be home to 2,250 households. Plans also propose a health centre, library, shops, community square, sports facilities, a 120 acre country park and public art.

Cllr Kevin Blencowe, Executive Councillor for Planning Policy and Transport, said: "We place a great deal of importance on the quality of design because we know our new neighbourhoods need to be sustainable communities that people want to live in now and in the future.

"Our planning policies reflect this so it’s pleasing to see these high standards being recognised. The council has worked hard to negotiate a scheme with a high quality of design and which sets a high standard for others to follow. We congratulate Countryside on their success"

Tony Travers, Managing Director of the New Homes & Communities division at Countryside comments: "The fact that Abode has been recognised twice by the prestigious Housing Design Awards, as both the Supreme Winner and with the Graham Pye Award is a real testament to the quality and vision Countryside and its partners have always had for Abode and Great Kneighton."

The Housing Design Awards are promoted by the government, Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) and Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

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