Delivering Healthy Homes: Tutorial 3 Placemaking

The third in a series of hour-long interactive online tutorials with guest industry experts on how to deliver healthy homes.

Speaker: Neil Murphy, Founding Director, TOWN

Tutorial date: Tuesday 16th June 2020


Guide to sustainable development in community led housing

This guidance, authored by architect Jon Broome for Community Led Homes, summarises the benefits of sustainability in community led housing and provides tips and tricks on getting support for sustainability matters at each stage of your project.

Author: Community Led Homes

Publication date: November 2019


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Case Study

Marmalade Lane

Cambridge City Council, as landowner, wanted to see the site developed for cohousing in an innovative way, and as a new model for home ownership; it will be the city’s first cohousing community. Marmalade Lane incorporates private homes, extensive shared gardens and a ‘common house’ with a children’s playroom, guest bedrooms, laundry facilities and a large hall and kitchen for communal events. A large shared garden, with space for food growing, play and relaxation is at the heart of the development.

Designed following fabric-first principles and built using the Trivselhus closed timber panel construction, the modular dwelling types will be built close to Passivhaus standards. Homes will be energy efficient and require minimal heating; will include triple glazing and high levels of insulation; and will be run on renewable energy provided by air source heat pumps.

Dwelling types were designed to be flexibly located on different plots across the plan, and offered broad scope for customers to tailor their homes internally and externally, depending on the users’ needs, using the TOWN Custom Build approach.

The project has been christened Marmalade Lane after the new street that will run through it – a nod to historic links to the Chivers jam factory that was nearby.

Key information

  • Project name: Marmalade Lane
  • Location: Orchard Park, Cambridge
  • Project type: New Build
  • Sector: Residential
  • No. of dwellings: 42 homes
  • Key dates: December 2018 (Completion)

Project team

  • Architect: Mole Architects
  • Client: Cambridge Cohousing Ltd
  • Developer: TOWN and Trivselhus
  • Client advisor: Instinctively Green
  • Structural engineer: Elliott Wood
  • Civil engineer: Elliott Wood
  • M&E engineer: Hoare Lea
  • Quantity surveyor: Monaghans
  • Project management: Monaghans
  • Visualisations: Mole Architects, Darc Studio
  • Contractor: Coulson Group

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Photo credits: David Butler


Creative Housing Design: Promoting sustainable living in cohousing community in the UK

Semi-structured interviews were carried out i) to understand residents’ thinking and behaviour change through living in the cohousing community, and ii) to establish the environmental and social sustainability in a cohousing setting.

The study found that the development procedure of cohousing highly differs from the mainstream housing design. The quality of the design can potentially influence the residents’ daily life.

The findings will benefit a range of groups. It will be an important reference for cohousing design standards. Also, it could potentially become the legitimate toolkit for cohousing groups.

Author: Jingjing Wang, Yiru Pan, Karim Hadjri, University of Sheffield

Publication date: June 2018



Alternative Forms of Housing and the Next London Plan

Author: UCL Department of Geography and Bartlett School of Planning – Arinola Akinyemi, Olga Di Gregorio, Jim Hudson, Francesca Leccis, Sara Özoǧul, Hannah Rich, Bengi Sullu

Publication date: December 2019