Sustainable Development of the Year

Sustainable Development of the Year
Athena, Phase 1 by Pollard Thomas Edwards

Athena offers market sales home within Eddington, a new urban quarter in North West Cambridge. Eddington is an exemplar of sustainable living with homes, community facilities, a school and nursery, health centre, hotel, supermarket and shops. The new neighbourhood includes apartments, courtyard, mews houses, terraced, semi-detached and detached houses, carefully arranged around a network of streets, mews, tree-lined roads, a car-free landscaped street, a new square and public and private open spaces; Phase 1 comprises 150 homes. 

The richness of Athena comes from the close collaborative working of two distinct and complementary practices, Pollard Thomas Edwards and Alison Brooks Architects. Buildings by both practices are spread throughout the scheme. The restricted palette of materials, combined with considered, confident detailing gives a natural vibrancy to the development. The homes are built to Code for Sustainable Homes Level five and are zero carbon in terms of their operational CO². They are connected to the University’s site wide infrastructure including an underground waste and recycling system, UK’s largest water recycling system and a district heating network. Residents can walk along car free streets to the local centre or cycle within minutes to the city centre or Cambridge North station.

The homes are bespoke. They are designed to suit the target market, accommodate contemporary living, home working, convenient and easily accessible secure cycle parking, and imaginative car parking solutions. They are spacious and comfortable. These are lifetime homes that underpin a renewable culture and are conscientiously future proofed. Athena embraces true sustainable living.

Judges’ comments

“A worthy winner, a fantastic scheme, beautifully delivered, and comprehensively presented.” 

“A thoughtful, intelligent entry in every regard. Harmonious architecture and streetscapes. A very worthy winner in this category! A very well presented submission of a beautifully designed scheme which ticks a lot of the sustainability boxes. A really clever scheme that brings many sustainable concepts together from natural ventilation, different home typologies to car free streets. A very well thought through masterplan with high quality design that will add so much to Cambridge.”

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