Church Farm Abbotsley
A distinctive, modest exemplar of sustainable village infill development, this scheme for three new houses is located in the heart of Abbotsley, near Cambridge.
Sited on a piece of land that is currently neglected and overgrown, adjacent to the Grade I listed St Margaret’s church and a number of Grade II* listed houses, the scheme preserves and enhances the local historic character, the existing landscape and ecological qualities of the site. The design of the new houses and external spaces have been carefully considered so they sit comfortably and feel ‘ just right’ in their setting.
The three new family homes are arranged around a new communal landscaped courtyard, accessed via a new drive from Blacksmith’s Lane. This courtyard is a reimagined working yard, providing shared amenity and sense of place for the new homes. The three houses are carefully planned and arranged so that all are entered from, and overlook, the courtyard. The siting, form and massing of the houses responds to the village vernacular and the site topology, and ensures retention of key views into and across the site.
The houses are designed as a recognisable family, with similar forms and detailing shared between all three. The two principle ‘farm’ houses are clad in limewashed render, common with local farmhouses and cottages in the village, whilst the smaller house takes cues from the neighbouring black timber-clad listed barn adjacent.
Landscape design is an integral element of the overall scheme design and gives the new housing a distinctive and appropriate sense of place. The houses are all located to ensure retention of the majority of existing mature trees on the site, and this, together with new planting, will enhance biodiversity and retain the local countryside character in the heart of the village.
Currently in planning, the scheme is expected to start on site early in 2021.