Alconbury Weald Club

Huntingdon. 2015

  • Project Details
  • Completion: 2015
  • Clients: Urban & Civic

As the sibling of the neighbouring Alconbury Incubator, the Alconbury Weald Club re-appropriates the same formal language to create its own conditions. Located at the threshold between the resident and commercial zones of the Alconbury Weald masterplan, the three-storey building sits beneath two exaggerated roof canopies that create sheltered community spaces. Elevationally, the Club appropriates the material palette of the Incubator building – namely a vertical order of curtain wall glazing and dark stained timber cladding – but re-orientates the timber cladding to run vertically, in a slip-and-miss arrangement akin to a Scandinavian summer house. The building has been designed to accommodate the offices of Urban & Civic (the masterplan’s developers), a public café and a meeting hall that doubles as a gym space, but its generous volumes and exposed finishes mean that it’s flexible and robust enough to adapt to new uses as the community continues to grow.


BCO Award - Projects up to 1500m2 2017 AIA International Region Design Awards - Merit Award 2016 Structural Timber Awards: Commercial Project of the Year 2016

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Planning approval for Alconbury Weald Civic Hub


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.




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


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.



Nine AHMM projects shortlisted for RIBA regional awards

A total of nine projects by AHMM have been shortlisted for this year’s awards in the RIBA’s London, East, North West and South regions. In London, The Library at Willesden Green, Grand Union Studios/The Ladbroke Grove, New Scotland Yard, 1 King William Street, Upper Richmond Road and Google 6 Pancras Square have been visited by regional judges; Liverpool’s Royal Court was shortlisted in the North West region; Alconbury Weald Club in RIBA East; and Barns Place in RIBA South. Regional winners will be announced at ceremonies in May.



UK and US awards success


UK and US awards success

This week has seen further awards recognition for AHMM’s work in the UK and the US. AEP Fitness Center and OKSea both won American Institute of Architects Central States Regional Design Excellence awards, which recognise outstanding architecture in the states of Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma. On Wednesday evening Alconbury Club was awarded Commercial Project of the Year at the Structural Timber Awards, in recognition of its innovative use of cross-laminated timber. Finally this week, White Collar Factory was named MIPIM UK/Estates Gazette Visionary Building of the Year at the MIPIM UK conference, where Simon Allford also chaired a panel discussion earlier in the day.




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


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


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.

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