Winner of The RIBA Stirling Prize 2008 and The Housing Design Awards 2006 and Landscape Institute Awards 2013

Grant Associates worked with acting masterplanners Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios to create a distinctive and high-quality landscape environment which forms 3.5 Hectares of the 9.6 Hectare site, and is integral to the project’s success as inspirational high-density housing scheme.

Design Details

  • The public landscape offers a hierarchy of spaces and uses across the site, providing a sequence of quite different environments, characters and functions to encourage use and enjoyment by residents.
  • Large open spaces offer opportunities for recreation and play, and the landscape concept ‘Living in a Garden’ has inspired different gardens, each with a function or theme: the ‘Kitchen Garden’, the ‘Long Walk’ and the ‘Central Lawn’. All spaces are linked by a network of paths and clearly defined by walls, hedges and boundaries, featuring mature trees and new planting.
  • Circulation through the scheme is via a series of ‘mews’ streets, for shared use by pedestrians, cyclists and car drivers. These are designed with coloured or textured surface treatments to complement the architectural materials, and street tree planting and climbing plants on building facades.

“The values of Accordia are those British cities need more of: a subtly controlling masterplan, a collaborative approach and an eye for both the detail and the big picture in the landscape and the architecture.” – 2008 Stirling Prize Judges’

  • ArchitectsFeilden Clegg Bradley Studios, Macreanor Lavington Architects, Alison Brooks Architects
  • EngineersRJP WS Atkins
  • Quantity SurveyorsPhilip Pank & Partners
  • LocationCambridge UK
  • Site area9.6 Hectares
  • ClientCountryside Properties
  • Project value£80 million


Landscape Institute Awards Best Large Scale Private Development

CABE Building for Life Standards Gold Award

Housing Design Awards Overall Winner

The Civic Trust Awards Award

RIBA Stirling Prize Winner