Key information

Location: Clay Farm, Cambridge
Architect: Pollard Thomas Edwards Architects
Client: Cambridge City Council
Developer: Hill


Pollard Thomas Edwards, as part of Hill’s team, were selected by Cambridge City Council to design a sustainable housing development at Clay Farm, south Cambridge.

Virido is an exemplar development that provides 208 new homes (50% of which will be affordable) and commercial accommodation. The residential accommodation is arranged in a grid of quads surrounding a new park at the heart of the site.

Each quad consists of around 23 homes, ranging from one to three bedroom apartments and family houses. Each home has a private patio garden, separated from the shared garden at the heart of each quad by a moat which also stores and attenuates rainwater.

All of the homes have been designed to achieve Code for Sustainable Homes Level 5. The dwellings will be built using Passivhaus principles with high levels of insulation and airtightness and a mechanical ventilation with heat recovery system.

More information:


  • Evening Standard New Homes Award 2017
  • London Evening Standard New Homes Award 2015
  • What House? Award 2015
Virido, Cambridge

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