The modern housing development of Accordia has been designed to complement the character of the conservation area that surrounds it. Designed by Feilden Clegg Bradley Architects.
High architectural quality by Feilden Clegg Bradley Architects (65%), Maccreanor Lavington (25%) and Alison Brooks Architects (10%) offers an exciting range of design, especially in the private housing. The significant number of affordable units (30% of the scheme) benefit from proximity to open spaces, have slow speed streets, communal play areas and external materials to match the private units.
The spatial variety of the surrounding neighbourhood - characterised by individual villas and denser Victorian housing, along with the spacious Botanic Garden nearby - has been convincingly adopted into Accordia, which delivers generous open space for walking and for play. The development, as yet incomplete, is set in a strong and protected green structure of magnificent mature trees, and its legible road layout displays an openness unusual in modern housing.
Accordia became the first housing scheme to win the Stirling Prize in 2008. Close to the centre of Cambridge, the scheme has been fitted densely into a site which formerly housed government offices and prefabricated WWII buildings.
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