Alconbury Incubator

Huntingdon. 2013

  • Project Details
  • Completion: 2013
  • Clients: Urban and Civic

Following on from the design of three new gatehouses for Urban & Civic and as part of an overall environmental vision, The Alconbury Incubator anchors an emerging Enterprise Campus to catalyse the development of a new mixed-use community near Huntington, 60 miles north of London. A narrow and transparent two-storey volume – patterned with a subtle chessboard of glazing and solar shading – runs parallel to the ex-airfield site’s new boulevard and kicks up at its north-east corner to enclose a four-storey tower that both announces the site and offers a bird’s eye view across the emerging masterplan. Behind it sits a two-storey black box, larch-clad and punctuated by a grid of large openings that draw natural light into the flexible working spaces. These spaces, ranging from 250 to 2,500 square feet, will accommodate local businesses for activities ranging from research development to production. Auxiliary spaces including a café, a marketing suite, meeting rooms, and break-out balconies are dotted around the glazed gallery to animate the building’s public face and engender opportunities for social exchange.

Awards

RIBA East Region Award 2015 BCO Regional Award 2014

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Planning approval for Alconbury Weald Civic Hub

27/09/2019

Planning approval for Alconbury Weald Civic Hub

Cambridgeshire County Council has granted planning permission for the Alconbury Weald Civic Hub, which will provide a new home for the council and some of its services at Alconbury, a former RAF site near Huntingdon. The new civic hub is AHMM’s fifth intervention at Alconbury Weald, and is due to start on site in autumn 2019.

 



 

27/09/2017

Official opening for Ermine Street Church Academy

Ermine Street Church Academy, a primary school forming part of the Alconbury Weald masterplan, has celebrated its official opening with a day of activities and a ceremony led by the Bishop of Ely, the Right Reverend Stephen Conway, and the Reverend Julian Pursehouse, chair of the east Anglian District of the Methodist Church. The 3-form entry school first opened its doors last September to ten students, and now caters to over 70. The school was designed to help create and shape the emerging community at Alconbury, with outdoor communal spaces and a double height school hall that provides a civic marker for the new neighbourhood.

 



 

Alconbury Club wins BCO regional award

27/04/2017

Alconbury Club wins BCO regional award

Alconbury Weald Club has been announced as a regional winner at the British Council for Offices’ Midlands and Central England awards ceremony today (27 April). The Club, which includes office space, a café and gym, is part of the masterplan for Alconbury Weald, a new community on the site of the former Alconbury airfield near Huntingdon in Cambridgeshire which also includes AHMM’s Alconbury Incubator building and Ermine Street Academy primary school. The project will now be considered for the BCO national awards, which will be announced in October.
 



 

25/08/2016

A new school for Alconbury Weald

Ermine Street Church Academy at Alconbury Weald in Cambridgeshire has reached practical completion. The three form entry primary school is AHMM’s third intervention as part of developer Urban & Civic’s wider masterplan for the former airbase site, and like its neighbour - the Alconbury Weald Club - makes extensive use of CLT as a structural material. Opening in September, Ermine Street Church Academy, part of the Diocese of Ely Multi Academy Trust, will be the first school in the Alconbury Weald development.
 



 

Alconbury Weald Key Phase 1 Primary School begins on site

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Alconbury Weald Key Phase 1 Primary School begins on site

Work is now underway on site at Alconbury Weald Phase 1 Primary school, AHMM’s second intervention at the Alconbury site near Huntingdon. Using a Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) structure, the three wing design spans out to capture three distinct play spaces, with a double height, top lit assembly hall at its heart. The school will be clad with white polished pre-cast concrete and vertically aligned metal cladding, playfully punctured with porthole openings. The school for Cambridgeshire County Council will be a key part of the developing Alconbury Weald community and is due to open in September 2016.

 



 

Alconbury Weald Club and Alconbury Weald Primary School granted planning

13/05/2015

Alconbury Weald Club and Alconbury Weald Primary School granted planning

Alconbury Weald Club and Alconbury Weald Primary School have been granted planning permission by Huntingdonshire District Council and Cambridgeshire County Council. The two projects are part of a major new mixed-use development located on a former airfield site in Cambridgeshire, and will join our RIBA award winning Alconbury Incubator on the emerging Enterprise Campus at the centre of the new community.
 

Utilising the same material palette as the Incubator, the Alconbury Weald Club will offer a base for the project’s developer, as well as a café, meeting hall and gym space, within a flexible and robust design that is able to adapt to new uses as the community continues to grow. The three-form entry Alconbury Weald Primary School will be built as three wings, located within extensive external playspace that converge to create a double-height volume, housing the main school hall that will be accessible to the wider neighbourhood out of school hours.
 



 

 RIBA East award for Alconbury Incubator

17/04/2015

RIBA East award for Alconbury Incubator

Alconbury Incubator received an RIBA East Region award at a ceremony at Robinson College, Cambridge last night. The project, which provides flexible workspaces for local businesses, has acted as a catalyst for the development of the wider masterplan for Alconbury, a former airfield in Cambridgeshire, where AHMM is currently working on a primary school and club. The Incubator – described by judges as ‘unique and brilliant’ – will now be considered for an RIBA National Award.
 



 

Onsite at Alconbury

14/08/2013

Onsite at Alconbury

The Alconbury Weald Incubator is taking shape, on schedule for completion in December this year. As part of an overall masterplan, the new building will anchor an emerging Enterprise Campus by accommodating local entrepreneurial businesses for activities ranging from research development to production. Auxiliary spaces including a café, a marketing suite, meeting rooms and break-out balconies will be dotted around a glazed gallery at the building’s street edge to engender opportunities for social exchange.
 




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