Greater Cambridge Sustainable Design and Construction SPD Consultation
Just before we headed off for our annual top-up of vitamin D, re-energise our minds and rekindle creative juices, Greater Cambridge Shared Planning issued a consultation DRAFT for Sustainable Design and Construction, that will go beyond current Building Regulations standards for Cambridgeshire.
The consultation DRAFT dated July 2019 is due to close soon...
It's a future HOW TO GUIDE for sustainability within Greater Cambridge that aims to drive up standards in the abscence of National Policy on sustainability. Once approved, it will take centre stage of future development policy.
Who will it affect?
- Major developments
More than -
- Nine residential units
- 0.5 Hectares (residential) and 1.0 Hectare sites (other uses)
- 1000 square meters of built floor space
The DRAFT document is not a light read and it currently proposes some significant proposals for future designs to demonstrate they'll meet the standards at the planning application stage. But who will provide the governance, the enforcement, the necessary additional resources demanded by such policy? Will it nurture innovation or stifle creativity?
Contact Us Communications@Cambridgearchitects.org if you'd like to contribute to the CAA's response.
You will no doubt be aware of the forthcoming Global Climate Strike taking place on 20th September 2019. Greta Thunberg, who pioneered the school strike for climate movement, has invited everyone to support the youth climate strikers and make a stand for climate justice.
Join the UKGBC in London
For those willing to travel to London we recommend joining with the UKGBC who is calling upon their members and other supporters from the built environment sector to meet at The Building Centre, 26 Store Street, London WC1E 7BT, at 11:45, with the intention of marching to the main demonstration in Westminster.
Cambridge - CAM YS4C
Closer to home join supporters with CAM YS4C walking from Shire Hall 10.30 - King's Parade 11.30
Together we will make a difference - CAA
New RIBA CPD platform
The RIBA has updated the ten mandatory RIBA CPD Core Curriculum topics in response to the skills our members need to practise architecture now and in the future.
As part of the RIBA's enhanced member offer for 2019, the RIBA made some significant improvements to the CPD recording platform, with the goal of improving your experience and making recording CPD easier for you.
- You only need to sign in once rather than twice
- It’s much easier to use than the old platform: no more frustrating problems
- Your progress is shown through helpful charts and graphs
- You can download your records and dashboard
- It’s mobile friendly, allowing you to add activities on the go - at the end of a CPD session, on your commute, or wherever and whenever is convenient for you
So far users spend on average 1 minute 33 seconds recording a CPD activity, which indicates just how quick and easy it is.
Twenty-three buildings and a masterplan for a new urban district in Cambridge have been shortlisted for RIBA East 2019 Awards.
This year's local shortlisted practices include:
Abode at Great Kneighton phase 2, by Proctor and Matthews Architects
Cambridge Assessment, by Eric Parry Architects
Eaton Socon Preschool, by Devlin Architects
Eddington Lot 1, by WilkinsonEyre with Mole Architects
Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, by Jamie Fobert Architects
Marmalade Lane Cohousing, Cambridge, by Mole Architects
North West Cambridge Utility Buildings, Eddington, by Robin Lee Architecture
Pavilion extension, nr Cambridge, by Ashworth Parkes Architects
Peter Hall Performing Arts Centre, The Perse School Cambridge, by Haworth Tompkins
Simon Sainsbury Centre, Cambridge Judge Business School, by Stanton Williams
The Dorothy Garrod Building, Newnham College, by Walters & Cohen Architects
Wesley House Theological College, Cambridge, by Cowper Griffith Architects
50 Year Anniversary of the Cambridge Central Conservation Area
'Conservation should not be a minority activity', says Duncan Wilson OBE, Heritage England CEO
Cambridge City Council in collaboration with Heritage England, Cambridge Past Present and Future gave us an insight into the foundations behind our Conservation Areas and an empassioned call for public awareness.
A public vote awarded the Jerwood Library by local practice Freeland Reece Roberts, for the best new Conservation, Alteration or Extension building within the Central Conservation Area over the last 50 years.