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Community In A Cube (CIAC)

A mixed-use scheme forming part of the Middlehaven regeneration project

Designed for a joint venture client comprising BioRegional and Quintain, the brief was to deliver a highly sustainable, landmark housing project exceeding Eco Homes ‘Excellent’.

The mixed-use scheme, which forms part of the Will Alsop-masterplanned Middlehaven development, includes 82 apartments above a restaurant and commercial space.

It also features courtyards, shared amenities, garden space, a community centre and a pub.

The cube-shaped plan is split into two wings with a central service core to minimise corridor lengths and allow most flats a dual aspect.

Flats have 2.7m floor to ceiling heights, large windows giving light and taking advantage of views over the water.

The building addresses its surrounding public space though specific characterful elements that help form streetscape, while the higher levels of the building address the city.

The scheme has a fabric-first approach with 400mm-thick exterior walls, high u-values, and recycled materials.

Professional Team

  • Architect: FAT
  • Client: BioRegional Quintain
  • Structural engineer: Martin Stockley Associates
  • Services engineer: DSSR Consulting Engineer
  • Masterplanner: Will Alsop
  • Masterplanner: Studio Egret West