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Accordia, Cambridge – Residential Development

By Davis Landscape Architecture @DavisLandArch

Accordia is a recently completed residential development at the south edge of Cambridge, master planned by architects Field Clegg Bradley. Their intention was to create a high quality public realm and to create a desirable place in which to live.

Accordia Cambridge Residential Development - Pedestrian Footpath with Retained Existing Trees

Accordia Cambridge Residential Development – Pedestrian Footpath with Retained Existing Trees

Accordia Cambridge Residential Development - Development Fronting Village Green

Accordia Cambridge Residential Development – Development Fronting Village Green

The emphasis for this scheme is towards the pedestrian and the majority of the trafficked areas adopt the principals of shared space. Off the main access road are a number of mews type streets with a single surface from building edge to building edge.

Accordia Cambridge Residential Development - Mews

Accordia Cambridge Residential Development – Mews

Accordia Cambridge Residential Development - Typical Mews Unit Entrance

Accordia Cambridge Residential Development – Typical Mews Unit Entrance

Accordia Cambridge Residential Development - Typical Mews Unit Carport

Accordia Cambridge Residential Development – Typical Mews Unit Carport

Accordia Cambridge Residential Development - Mews Building Frontage With Climbers

Accordia Cambridge Residential Development – Mews Building Frontage With Climbers

Accordia Cambridge Residential Development - Transition from Kerbed Carriageway to Shared Surface

Accordia Cambridge Residential Development – Transition from Kerbed Carriageway to Shared Surface

Accordia Cambridge Residential Development - Raised Table to Slow Traffic

Accordia Cambridge Residential Development – Raised Table to Slow Traffic

There is a village green and a number of community type parks throughout this development providing residents communal places in which to meet, grow and play.

Accordia Cambridge Residential Development - Village Green

Accordia Cambridge Residential Development – Village Green

Accordia Cambridge Residential Development - Local Park

Accordia Cambridge Residential Development – Local Park

Accordia Cambridge Residential Development - Local Park with Trellis Structures

Accordia Cambridge Residential Development – Local Park with Trellis Structures

Accordia Cambridge Residential Development - Local Park Raised Planters

Accordia Cambridge Residential Development – Local Park Raised Planters

Accordia Cambridge Residential Development - Local Park Picnic Table

Accordia Cambridge Residential Development – Local Park Picnic Table

As part of the development process, as many of the existing mature trees on site were retained.

Accordia Cambridge Residential Development - Retained Mature Trees Within Community Garden

Accordia Cambridge Residential Development – Retained Mature Trees Within Community Garden

Accordia Cambridge Residential Development - Retained Mature Trees

Accordia Cambridge Residential Development – Retained Mature Trees

Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS) principals have been used to minimise the potential for flooding in the surrounding area.

Accordia Cambridge Residential Development - SUDS Pond

Accordia Cambridge Residential Development – SUDS Pond

Accordia Cambridge Residential Development - SUDS Flooding Meadow

Accordia Cambridge Residential Development – SUDS Flooding Meadow

Allocated parking is dealt with in a number of ways – off street carport parking, allocated on street parking, ground floor parking below buildings. Unallocated parking is allowed and this added element helps to restrict carriage way widths, helping to attenuate traffic speed.

Accordia Cambridge Residential Development - Dedicated Marked Parking Bays and Unallocated on Street Parking

Accordia Cambridge Residential Development – Dedicated Marked Parking Bays and Unallocated on Street Parking


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