Clay Farm Community Centre lies at the heart of the new Southern Fringe development to the south of Cambridge, and when complete will provide facilities
for new residents and the established community of Trumpington.
The building design is socially, environmentally and economically sustainable and provides mixed-use accommodation including affordable flats for key workers, a medical centre, touchdown space for Police and Social Services, a multi-use community hall, flexible community spaces, a café operated through social enterprise, and a library.
The design was developed through extensive consultation with different user-groups, the local community, and neighbouring facilities, to ensure that the building is a complementary asset.
The concept for the building was developed from the archaeological discoveries, including a Bronze Age ditch that used to run diagonally through the site.
Arranged along this axis, the building has a double main-frontage and entrances on all elevations to embrace the surrounding community.
A passive design approach has been used with green infrastructure, low-carbon transport, and sustainable drainage and ecology. Thermal modelling using
TAS was implemented by the service engineers at an early stage to optimise the building form. External shading and balconies are recessed to the south-east
to reduce unwanted solar gains, and cantilevered out to the north-west to capture evening sunlight. The project is on track to achieve a BREEAM Excellent
and Code 4 for Sustainable Homes accreditation.
Materials complement the landscaping in Hobson Square and reduce embodied impact. A sedum roof helps attenuate rainwater, as well as enhancing site biodiversity.
Cycle racks are integrated into the building fabric with minimal parking to the north of the site.
Flexibility and simplicity are central to the design approach enabling multiple building users, who are likely to change over time, to understand and operate
the building as effectively as possible. Corde’s collaborative approach and utilisation of BIM enabled us to efficiently manage the design development
to meet the requirements of different user-groups.