The Riverside Crescent is a development of 122 apartments, forming the climax and frontispiece of the Trumpington project by Barratt Eastern Counties and Grosvenor; part of Cambridge’s ‘Southern Fringe’. The essence of the idea is to respond to the grandeur and scale of the site – looking out over the water meadow, adjoining the River Cam – whilst creating a softly modulated and permeable composition of multiple carved forms; together unified by the strong rotational geometry of the crescent.
Eight grand villas, each containing 13 apartments, with paired townhouses between, are arrayed along the curve; each one orientated towards the sun with stepped terraces, generous balconies, and meadow views for all units. The spaces between the blocks are framed as a series of communal gardens and small public spaces, whilst the natural hierarchy of the site places cars on the street, with strong and welcoming entrances, and gardens at the rear, flowing down to the meadow.
Eight Grand Villas face the water meadow, with paired townhouses and gaps in between