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Abode success at housing design awards

16 July 2014

Abode success at housing design awards

Abode, part of Countryside’s Great Kneighton development in Cambridge has reigned supreme in the Housing Design Awards 2014, winning the Supreme Award for the most outstanding new homes development.  It also received the Graham Pye Award for the development which has the most responsive design to how we live. It is not the first time Abode has tasted success at these awards, winning a Project Scheme award in 2012. Countryside also holds more Housing Design Awards than any other developer.  

The prestigious awards, promoted by respected professional bodies such as RIBA and the RTPI and Government, has just two categories and competition amongst the many high quality entries is intense.  The award ceremony, presided by Housing Minister Kris Hopkins MP, took place on Tuesday 15th July at the Saw Swee Hock Centre, London School of Economics. The 16 strong awards committee, chaired by Gareth Capner of RTPI had the unenviable challenge of choosing just 6 winners from 22 shortlisted schemes of completed developments across the country.  Abode, designed by Proctor & Matthews, emerged as the Supreme Winner.

Tony Travers, Managing Director of the New Homes & Communities division at Countryside comments: “This is a fantastic result for Abode and everyone involved with this development and Great Kneighton is delighted. The fact that the scheme has been recognised twice, as both the Supreme Winner and with the Graham Pye Award is a real testament to the quality and vision Countryside has always had for Abode.”

Comprising a stylish mix of contemporary houses and apartments situated across three distinct zones, Abode is a modern take on traditional Cambridge architecture. The Great Court creates a dramatic entrance to the development, with two striking ‘marker’ buildings which reference the scale of Cambridge college gatehouses and feature decorative metal sheet cladding with perforated graphics.

Immediately behind the Great Court is The Urban Mews, a series of streets with three storey ‘saw tooth’ houses punctuated with perpendicular green corridors. Further back, Green Lanes feature loose clusters of barn-style homes with private walled gardens. The properties are finished with black lap-boarding, reminiscent of traditional outbuildings.
On the southern fringe of the city centre, Abode is part of Great Kneighton, where Countryside is creating over 2,250 new homes and a wide range of community facilities, including a proposed health centre, shops, library, community square, sports pitches and a public art programme.
Perfect for families, a new 120 acre Country Park is currently being constructed which will contain woodland, four ponds including a 50,000m2 bird reserve, wetlands, allotments, playing fields for the proposed new secondary school, and a range of play areas, including an adventure playground.
Located within the new village square, the transport hub will ensure commuters can access the city centre and train station in under 20 minutes via the Cambridgeshire Guided Busway.  From the train station there are regular services to London’s Liverpool Street and King’s Cross stations, as well as to Stansted Airport.  By car, the M11 is only a few minutes away.
Many of the properties are available with Help to Buy, the popular Government scheme that enables buyers to purchase with just a 5 per cent deposit and offers up to a 20 per cent loan (interest free for the first 5 years) of the value of the property, which can be repaid at any time or upon the sale of the home, meaning buyers will only need to secure a mortgage of up to 75 per cent.
Prices for homes at Abode range from £375,000 for a 2 bedroom house to £900,000 for a 6 bedroom house. For more information on Abode visit or call 01223 846 650.

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