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Hauxton Extra Care

Liz Lake Associates were thrilled to have been novated to Hill Contractors Ltd to discharge planning conditions for BPHA’s new 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 landscaped North West entrance announces arrival and reinforces orientation. · A meandering path provides a safe circulation route to encourage activity. Regular seating points offer ‘stops’ for relaxation, contemplation and ‘catching up’ with friends met on the way. · A rich planting palette creates a range of sensory experiences. · A more natural green space to the west of the building is reinforced through wildflower planting and provides a rich habitat for biodiversity. · Individual terraces to the ground floor apartments provide more intimate, private space. · The café is served by a striking public roof terrace which fuses a hard works palette of timber and stone with raised planters overflowing with colour and texture. The space acts as a catalyst for activity and inspires wider community integration. · A private resident’s only roof garden offers a safe space to appreciate elevated views of the surrounding area. · A combination of railings and hedges provide an attractive, yet secure perimeter boundary. · Tree planting to the eastern edge soften and filter views whilst simultaneously providing scale to the planting scheme.

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Project Location

Hauxton, Cambridge