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A proposal to deliver a total of 22 new homes, including 11no new affordable homes, has been granted Planning Approval by SCDC Planning Committee.

Designed by Saunders Boston Architects for the Greater Cambridgeshire Housing Development Agency acting on behalf of the owners Cambridgeshire County Council the proposals look to address local housing need in Litlington. 10 of the 11 affordable homes will be for those with a local connection- with 8 homes at affordable rents and 2 for shared ownership.  The last affordable home will be for General Needs Housing. 

The project is a demonstration of the County Council’s work to support the development of much needed new homes within the district and its active support of delivering affordable homes whilst raising essential revenues to support its core services.




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SBA announce the completion of the STEM building in Braintree

June 2017

Saunders Boston was appointed by Colchester Institute as lead consultants to refurbish the existing Sports Hall on the Braintree Campus site into a STEM teaching facility. The new STEM building provides workshop space for a wider range of vocational training and additional flexible teaching space which will allow the College to expand their educations offering.

Retaining the existing building fabric, a new mezzanine floor constructed of steel frame with profiled metal deck and reinforced concrete topping has been inserted into the sports hall to provide a first floor. The facility accommodates brickwork, advanced technology, fabrication/welding workshops on the ground floor and conference, media lab, plumbing workshop, engineering maintenance workshop, ICT classrooms and general classrooms on the first floor. The classrooms on the first floor provide future flexibility allowing opportunities to remove dividing walls in order to convert the teaching spaces into additional workshop space.

The scheme is designed with naturally ventilated classroom spaces and general extract systems for the workshops to achieve a BREEAM rating of ‘Very Good’.

Interactive Presentation on Future Business Centre and Making your work place more productive

May 2017

Saunders Boston Architects were invited by local networking group ‘Drive The Network’ to talk about Future Business Centre (FBC) and how to optimise productivity in the work place.  The group meets monthly at FBC and is celebrating its first year anniversary - this seemed a particularly pertinent time for the talk to take place. 

Project Architect Mark Pugh presented the architectural model and ran through the design of the building highlighting the features and technologies which contributed to the BREEAM Excellent certification.  This was followed by a presentation by Zib Gotto exploring the long term cost savings and productivity enhancement achievable through careful consideration of the workplace environment. Zib highlighted in the context of the ‘80:10:10 rule of thumb’ (proportion of business costs attributed to salaries, property and other costs) – touching on:

• furniture solutions
• access to views
• daylight and circadian lighting
• sensory stimulation and physical factors
• biophilia
• flexible space use and future proofing the office

The presentations received a great response and generated a lot of discussion on the group’s Twitter and Facebook following the meeting.


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