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Planning permission has been granted for a 100% affordable housing scheme on Station Road Willingham, Cambridgeshire designed by Saunders Boston Architects for development contractors Kingswater Lindum and registered social housing provider Cross Keys Homes.
The proposed development consists of 22 no. two and three bedroom dwellings of both one and two stories with a block of 4 no. one bedroom flats. The development incorporates both semi-detached and detached dwellings with a mix of shared ownership and affordable rent tenures.
The scheme incorporates a strong street frontage of houses linked with car ports that continues the linear development south of Willingham along Station Road with the remaining houses clustered around a shared surface road creating a cul-de-sac. The dwellings are contemporary in design with a palette of materials and build forms that reference the local vernacular and street scape of Willingham.

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SBA announce the completion of the STEM building in Braintree

June 2017

Saunders Boston was appointed by Colchester Institute as lead consultants to refurbish the existing Sports Hall on the Braintree Campus site into a STEM teaching facility. The new STEM building provides workshop space for a wider range of vocational training and additional flexible teaching space which will allow the College to expand their educations offering.

Retaining the existing building fabric, a new mezzanine floor constructed of steel frame with profiled metal deck and reinforced concrete topping has been inserted into the sports hall to provide a first floor. The facility accommodates brickwork, advanced technology, fabrication/welding workshops on the ground floor and conference, media lab, plumbing workshop, engineering maintenance workshop, ICT classrooms and general classrooms on the first floor. The classrooms on the first floor provide future flexibility allowing opportunities to remove dividing walls in order to convert the teaching spaces into additional workshop space.

The scheme is designed with naturally ventilated classroom spaces and general extract systems for the workshops to achieve a BREEAM rating of ‘Very Good’.

Interactive Presentation on Future Business Centre and Making your work place more productive

May 2017

Saunders Boston Architects were invited by local networking group ‘Drive The Network’ to talk about Future Business Centre (FBC) and how to optimise productivity in the work place.  The group meets monthly at FBC and is celebrating its first year anniversary - this seemed a particularly pertinent time for the talk to take place. 

Project Architect Mark Pugh presented the architectural model and ran through the design of the building highlighting the features and technologies which contributed to the BREEAM Excellent certification.  This was followed by a presentation by Zib Gotto exploring the long term cost savings and productivity enhancement achievable through careful consideration of the workplace environment. Zib highlighted in the context of the ‘80:10:10 rule of thumb’ (proportion of business costs attributed to salaries, property and other costs) – touching on:

• furniture solutions
• access to views
• daylight and circadian lighting
• sensory stimulation and physical factors
• biophilia
• flexible space use and future proofing the office

The presentations received a great response and generated a lot of discussion on the group’s Twitter and Facebook following the meeting.


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