Castle Moat Road, Huntingdon

Client: Freeactive Limited

Location: Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire

Project: 3 houses and 7 apartments

Project Value: £1.3 million

Contractor: Park Gate

Status: Due for completion late 2023

THE SITE
The site was a headquarters building for the British Red Cross Society in this region and was situated on part of the ancient moat of the 1068 Huntingdon Castle.

THE BRIEF
We were asked to make substantial alterations to an unviable planning permission and optimise the construction of the building on a technically challenging site.

THE CHALLENGES
There was significant archaeological interest in the site and a 7-month excavation was ordered, unearthing and cataloguing hundreds of artefacts. The archaeological sensitivity of the site required careful planning of the ground structure to avoid impacting on the finds.

THE SOLUTION
Because of the archaeological sensitivity of the site, the structure of the development is a combination of precise piling locations and flat concrete slabs. The above-ground construction has been detailed to minimise the mass of the building and so avoid over-deep sub-ground structure.

The development uses a combination of buff brickwork, with profiled timber cladding and metal detailing, to create a distinctive building that reacts to its location. The houses are separated from the apartments, forming two distinct blocks, and all units have good access to the outside.

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