TateHindle Architects



Following success in winning a limited design competition, we were appointed by Countryside to design one of the first character areas at their new development in Cambridge.

Aura delivers 229 homes over 5.2ha and forms part of the masterplan to develop 2,300 new homes at Great Kneighton. Situated between Trumpington and Addenbrooke's Hospital, this new community will knit into the surrounding countryside and existing residential areas, and form strong links with the city. The aspiration is to create a new sustainable garden suburb located within Cambridge’s southern fringe.

Legible urban framework

In response to its location, the design is organised within a legible urban framework of streets and landscaped squares. Large contemporary homes exploit the leafiest environment along the existing plantation with smaller intermediate townhouses and courtyards creating a buffer between the apartment streets and larger Arcadian closes that nestle between the existing hedgerows and mature trees.

"This is another housebuilder that has benefited from selecting a great firm of architects and designers, who between them, have created a luxurious and sophisticated residence..."

What House? Awards 2014

Modern interiors

The building interiors have been innovatively designed with modern lifestyles in mind and include large open plan living/ dining areas, integrated garages with designated cycle storage and adaptable layouts to accommodate the changing needs of family life.

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