Alconbury Weald, a major landscape-led development in Cambridgeshire, has been awarded the title of Best Mixed-Use Development at the 2019 Planning & Placemaking Awards.
The annual awards recognise excellence in planning-related activities such as placemaking, urban design, economic development, housing and regeneration and the awards event was held at RIBA, London, on Tuesday 4 June in association with Planning magazine.
Judges praised the winning entry as a “great example of a master developed approach, producing a great long-term placemaking strategy.”
Masterplanners and architects JTP led the project on behalf of Urban&Civic, planning consultancy David Lock Associates, development and infrastructure consultants PBA, now part of Stantec, and landscape architects and ecologists, Bradley Murphy Design (BMD).
The former RAF airfield at Alconbury was bought by master developer Urban&Civic in 2009. Its plan is to transform the 1,425-acre site into Alconbury Weald; an inspiring place for working, living, learning and leisure.
Alconbury Weald will feature high-quality homes, historically respectful layouts, natural landscaping and inspiring civic buildings. Once complete, it will consist of 5,000 homes, an employment Enterprise Campus, schools, sustainable transport links, energy infrastructure and community facilities – integrated with more than 700 acres of green space at its heart.
Tim Leathes, development director at Urban & Civic said: “As a master developer, quality placemaking and design is at the very core of our philosophy; we know getting this right is essential when creating major new communities and embedding them within their local environment.”
Graeme Phillips, partner leading the project at JTP, said: “We are so proud that Alconbury Weald has been recognised as an exemplar mixed-use neighbourhood in the Planning & Placemaking Awards.”
BMD has been solely responsible for all the landscape architecture, soil science, arboriculture and ecology at Alconbury Weald since being commissioned in 2012. The company has worked with Urban&Civic, JTP and the wider technical team to prepare detailed landscape designs for delivery of the initial Key Phases. This included making a priority the public realm.
Ryan Murphy, director of Bradley Murphy Design (BMD), said: “Alconbury Weald is the epitome of a landscape-led masterplan and is arguably one of the best examples of residential placemaking in the UK where landscape and ecology have genuinely been championed by a developer from the outset.”