Shows how good new housing communities can be
TateHindle for Countryside Properties
Contract value: Confidential
Aura is a development of 650 homes in south Cambridge. Sited on Cambridge City Council land, it is an example of how good new housing communities can be if a local authority puts all its effort behind it and refuses to accept the disappointing norm. The council worked for more than a decade with architects to establish a masterplan, obtain planning permission and select a development partner.
Throughout it has remained closely involved to maintain the quality of its vision. Taller blocks contain flats facing the main road, Lime Avenue, stepping down to two storey courtyard houses around parking courts, and single villas facing the Country Park. Inside the flats, high ceilings and the balconies running round two sides of most homes give a sense of generosity. The site is also sustainable from a transport perspective as it is linked by guided bus to the station and city centre.