Planning consent for Siva House

studio24 architects have secured planning permission for a contemporary extension within Aura, a recent housing development by Countryside Properties within the southern fringe of Cambridge. The approval follows constructive engagement with planners to overcome restrictions on the site, while enhancing important biodiversity and protecting an existing plantation alongside Hobson's Brook that runs behind the project site. The design also had to overcome out of date flood data to enable the split level design.

The existing house, one of ten town houses known as the Country Lane Houses, forms the end house adjacent a future green link. The contemporary design for a single storey extension, creates a home office, formal dining and family room, positioned along the southern edge of the site to create a stronger connection to the garden.

Following recent instruction to proceed, we're keen to talk with quality builders that can work with us and structural engineers Peter Dann to realise our clients' project.

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One88 Project Update

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An 80/20 ratio of 80% effort required to complete the final 20% of a build programme is a common theme in construction. Despite the careful consideration of construction sequencing and all the efficiencies of MMC (Modern Methods of Construction) employed during the design stage, our site on Histon Road could become another casualty of this statistic! Nevertheless the final push is exciting. All three storeys are up, it will be weathertight any day now and the arrival of the pre fabricated off site cladding is imminent.

This residential development in central Cambridge is a bit different. The building is a hybrid of construction techniques, cherry picking the best approach for each component based on long term sustainability, performance in use and value for money. The building has a concrete frame at its core, double insulated timber framed infill walls and roof and a predominantly brick and metal rain screen outer shell. The buildings services are future proofed, supplied substantially from renewable sources. Each dwelling will be fitted with a Danish Nibe Energy System that combines ventilation and heat recovery, water and space heating into one - no clip on renewables at roof-level here!


Aspirations for the completed building are high and we are working closely with our contractor, PB Doyle to deliver our second new-build in Cambridge, in 5 years.

One88 Underway

One88 Histon Road construction update studio24 architects

Our Histon Road residential development is taking shape. The project uses a hybrid superstructure to take full advantage of material performance in use characteristics. The building will use open timber frame panel construction to create an energy efficient envelope while maximising internal floor space and enabling a large amount of natural daylight through large glazed openings.

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