Alconbury Weald

A lift-off for nature

A photograph of children playing in skate park

Alconbury Weald




1425 acre (577 Ha)




Strategic Green Infrastructure


new homes



acres of public open space



km of footpaths & cyclepaths

A photograph of the showhomes at Alconbury Weald fronting on to the gateway pond with wetland planting and boardwalk platform. © BMD

Putting interconnected, and richly biodiverse, green-infrastructure at the heart of strategic development.

Alconbury Weald is located north west of Huntingdon, in Cambridgeshire and benefits from direct linkages to the A14 and the A1(M). BMD have been working for Master Developer Urban&Civic since the establishment of Key Phase 1 at Alconbury Weald. This working relationship stretches back over more than a decade and encompasses conceptual design, planning and on to implementation and supervision.

Our long-term engagement has ensured that the extensive and diverse phases of the development are underpinned by the original vision – transforming a former airfield into an established community through 'Green Runways' and providing a lift-off for nature. The quality of Alconbury Weald's integrated approach to landscape, ecology and placemaking, was recognised at the Planning Awards 2019, for the Best Mixed-Use Development.

Image caption: Gateway pond. © BMD

An aerial photograph of the expanding development at Alconbury Weald. © U&C


An illustration showing the landscape vision for Alconbury Weald. © BMD

Truly landscape-led masterplanning, detailed design and implementation have created a place with a unique identity that exhibits a real sense of permanence and enjoyment of the landscape for all.

At an early stage, BMD established a site-wide Green Infrastructure Strategy that provided the framework for a holistic approach to the natural environment, climate change adaption, biodiversity, open space, sports, play provision and health and wellbeing; reflecting the interconnected nature of these elements to maximise recreational, ecological and environmental value, increasing sustainability.

BMD is a key consultant in the ongoing delivery of Alconbury Weald and is working with Urban&Civic to help ensure this approach is reflected and reinforced in subsequent Design Codes, through the different phases of the development.

Image caption: Vision for Alconbury Weald

A photograph of a woman guiding her son through the landscape play elements along a green corridor. © BMD


An illustrative plan showing the proposed green infrastructure corridors to connect existing assets to the site at Alconbury Weald. © BMD

With over 200 acres of new woodland and hedgerows and 500 acres of new species-rich grassland, Alconbury Weald will form part of a joined-up nature recovery network - for the safe movement of both wildlife and people.

Multi-functional green corridors link to create an interconnected mosaic of ecosystems for wildlife species to flourish and to attract species from the surrounding area. This is further enhanced by allotments and orchards encouraging wildlife friendly planting and structures.

Wayfinding with information about the natural assets and heritage trails promotes the history of the ancient woodlands through interpretation boards.

Image caption: Biodiversity plan. © BMD

A photograph showing a close up of a meadow brown. © BMD


An illustration of play within the community at Alconbury Weald. © BMD

Landscaped green spaces and finished play spaces available for first residents moving in are an intrinsic part of the development.

As it rolls out and more families make the move to Alconbury Weald these important features make it feel like home from day one.

Quality play areas form a fundamental part of the landscape approach at Alconbury Weald, with nature, health and activity integral to the overall vision for the development.

Each park in Key Phase 1 is inspired by nature or heritage, with a bespoke theme to spark the imagination and create an exciting space for children of all ages to explore.

Image caption: Play at Key Phase 1

A photograph of residents playing on wooden play equipment within a landscape park at Alconbury Weald. © BMD



Best Use of Heritage in Placemaking


Best Mixed Use Development

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