Cambridge business leaders, the Marshall Group, engaged PTE to design a sustainable mixed-use community on their surplus land adjacent to the airport. As a family-owned business, the company is able to take a long-term investment view and continue their legacy to create what they call “a very desirable and happy place to live”.
PTE used ‘enquiry by design’ workshops with local stakeholders to develop a master plan that capitalised on the “town and country” location of the 64.8 hectare (160 acre) site. The proposed village integrates a range of housing types with new community facilities and shops, providing ready access to employment (including Marshall’s own businesses).
With over 35% of the site in public open space (twice the amount required to meet planning standards), the new community will have a distinctive green character reflecting its location. The landowners will retain ownership of the public realm and community facilities, to ensure the quality of its long term management.
A phased development programme establishes the new community heart – school, market square and shops – as the first homes are occupied. Residential neighbourhoods, with their own distinctive characters and housing styles, are grouped around a sequence of open spaces, including a linear water park (part of the sustainable urban drainage system), woodland, playing fields and more formal urban squares and crescents.
Based on our experience as developers and architects, we designed a range of housing to meet market demands, ranging from apartments and mews houses to larger family homes. We also engaged an artist to work with the community on integrating public art into street furniture and open spaces.