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Hauxton Extra care

Cambridge

HAUXTON

Liz Lake Associates were thrilled to be novated to Hill Contractors Ltd to discharge planning conditions for BPHA’s recent Extracare scheme in Hauxton, Cambridge. The scheme involved a comprehensive landscape design to fashion a network of external spaces which provide a caring, therapeutic and sociable environment for residents, visitors and staff members to enjoy. The key elements of the scheme include:

 

  • A clearly defined visual link to the adjacent Public Open Space encourages movement and interaction.
  • A high quality multi-functional space to the north east of the building contains planters and other opportunities for residents to shape their own environment and partake in social and therapeutic horticulture.

A hard landscape courtyard to the North West entrance announces arrival and reinforces orientation. A meandering path with regular eating points provides a safe circulation route to encourage activity and relaxation, contemplation and ‘catching up’ with friends met on the way. Individual terraces to the ground floor apartments provide more intimate, semi-private space for residents’ enjoyment of the rich planting palette providing a range of sensory and seasonal experiences. A more natural green space to the west of the building is reinforced through wildflower planting and provides a rich habitat for biodiversity. Tree planting to the eastern edge softens and filters views whilst simultaneously providing structure to the planting scheme. A café is served by a striking public roof terrace which fuses a materials palette of contemporary timber and stone with raised planters overflowing with colour and texture. The space acts as a catalyst for activity and encourages wider community interaction. A separate, resident’s only roof garden offers a safe space to appreciate elevated views of the surrounding area. To the site’s perimeter a combination of railings and hedges provide an attractive and robust boundary.