Biscoe + Stanton were commissioned to design a student housing scheme on the site of a former Texaco garage on one of the principal routes heading northwards out of Cambridge city centre. The site has been the subject of a Planning Development brief by Cambridge City Council for some time in order to restore the urban fabric and regenerate a disused brownfield site. The site is in a sensitive location, however, as it is on the edge of the historic Central Conservation Area of Cambridge and is highly visible when approaching from the centre of Cambridge.  Any development therefore requires a careful and sensitive approach to design.

Biscoe + Stanton adopted a collaborative approach to the design, engaging with the City Planning and Design officers from the outset, to produce a simple classical design which respects the existing urban fabric in scale and materials whilst being unmistakeably contemporary in appearance.

The scheme consists of 94 student rooms including 4 disabled access rooms and 3 double rooms. Each room is designed to be a self contained studio including en suite shower room, mini kitchen and fold away bed/desk furniture. As the design is unique to this development a full size mock up of the room was fabricated on site to finalise the layout. A separate small retail unit of 1,700 sq ft is located on the principal frontage on the ground floor and will contain a coffee shop.