Girton Town Charity


Mole Architects appointed for High St development

3 Aug 2017

GTC has made a major step forward in its plans to redevelop the High Street site to futureproof its housing provision in the Village with the appointment of Mole Architects as part of the project team.

At the end of last year GTC announced that it had appointed Northmores as project managers for this £6.5 million investment which will expand our housing portfolio. Although the exact type of living accommodation on the High Street site is yet to be decided, it is likely to be in the region of 12-15 units.

During recent months, Northmores organised an inclusive Architectural Competition which was won by Mole Architects, an award-winning practice based in Cambridge and founded by Meredith Bowles in 1997. Over the years Mole has won many prestigious accolades including 17 RIBA Awards for Design and Sustainability.

Local context
Mole produces modern designs that are appropriate to their local context, combining traditional materials and techniques with environmental strategies and a more contemporary attitude to design and building. The practice is a leader in sustainable design, producing well insulated buildings which have been monitored post-occupation and proven to meet exacting Passivhaus standards.

It is currently working on two significant housing projects currently on site in the local area: Cambridge’s council-led co-housing scheme, K1 Co–housing in Orchard Park, and as one of the ten architectural practices designing Phase 1 of the £1 billion North West Cambridge Development, which is due to complete later this year.

National acclaim
Meredith Bowles, Founding Director of Mole said: “We are really delighted to have won the competition for Girton Town Charity’s Almshouses. In the housing sector our projects have received national acclaim for their distinctiveness, originality and personality and it will be hugely gratifying to bring our experience to such an important project in the Cambridge area.
“Our aim is to design a building that will enable people to live well together, as well as providing homes that are full of light, with a feeling of space and calm and can be adapted to meet changing needs. The design will celebrate Girton’s very green rural character: the almshouses will be integrated within a lush landscape designed by Jamie Buchanan, so that residents have a
connection to the gardens and to one another.”

Landmark development
Dr Robin Hiley, Chairman of GTC added: “The appointment of Mole Architects is a significant move forward in our High Street Development and we are looking forward to working with this exciting practice to bring our plans for modern and practicable housing in the heart of the Village to fruition.

“The next stage is to refine the brief for the design and proposals, for review by the Trustees in the autumn, with a planning application being made by the end of the year.”