Managing water on site as part of a landscape strategy creates opportunities for habitat creation and biodiversity improvement. At Queens College Cambridge, we are delivering an ambitious Net Zero Carbon masterplan at their Owlstone Croft site, adjacent to ancient water meadows. The scheme creates 60 generous study bedrooms, clustered in houses and arranged as terraces that extend as fingers across the site. In between the planting and character of the meadows beyond is extended into the site, integrating a complex SUDS and biodiversity net gain strategy. The scheme fosters community and social interaction as a support network for students with the creation of ‘homes’ not just rooms. The project delivers a low carbon, exemplar scheme for the college’s decarbonisation strategy.
Andrew D Bainbridge
Domestic Bursar & Steward at Queen’s College Cambridge