Project Profile

Location: Cambridge

Frame: Modular timber frame balconies 

Timber: Oak

Architect: Feilden Clegg Bradley

Selected Awards: The RIBA Stirling Prize, Civic Trust Award

Accordia at Brooklands Avenue

This huge residential complex covers 10 hectares of the last significant brown field site in Cambridge, and has won a number of prestigious awards.


Although the buildings themselves are largely concrete, much of the character of the completed buildings comes from a grid of massive green oak posts and beams to the fascias which support modular balconies of timber, steel and glass. On first glance a simple project, however it provided a number of challenges. Firstly the length of the timbers, combined with their propensity to twist slightly over the length when cut, meant that cutting of the slots and bolt holes needed to be extremely precise. Secondly, the framework, many elements which weighed close to a tonne, being the last piece to go up, it needed to cater for the inconsistencies in the concrete.