A holistic design approach sought to provide delight through interaction with nature, awareness of natural systems and appreciation of seasonal rhythms.
The Marleigh development is the first part of the wider Cambridge East urban extension. Marleigh Phase 2 fronts Newmarket Road, which is a key route into Cambridge.
BMD was involved in the vision statement in 2018 and commissioned in 2020 by Hill Marshall to undertake the landscape masterplan and detailed design on the RMA for Marleigh Phase 2. During the pre-application stage, BMD contributed to extensive consultations, resulting in the landscape concept and design gaining full support from the landscape officer. Consent was granted in November 2021 with construction work commencing in 2022 to deliver 421 mixed tenure homes served by a variety of public spaces.
The Marleigh development will set a precedent in new communities that promote active neighbourhoods and encourage healthy lifestyles. A strong landscape concept was formed with principles of encouraging social interaction and bringing nature to people's doorsteps. The masterplan prioritises pedestrians and cyclists and creates exceptional green spaces at the heart of the neighbourhood.
Image caption: Illustrative masterplan of Marleigh Phase 2. © BMD