The Cambridge Design and Construction Awards are given annually, and there are four categories for entries:
Best New Building – small (under £1m construction costs), Best New Building – large (over £1m construction costs), Conservation, Alteration or Extension of an Existing Building and New Neighbourhoods (awarded once every three years starting in 2014).
Four new apartment buildings mark an important position in Cambridge’s regenerating station district. Ceres, designed by award-winning architects Pollard Thomas Edwards for developers Hill, is the newest stage of CB1, Cambridge City Council’s masterplan for the conservation area south of the city.
The regenerating district replaces formerly declining brown-fields areas with a vibrant living and working district, anchored by new open spaces and walkways. At the edges of the scheme, the Victorian station building and nearby Foster’s Mill and Silo are the few remnants of the area’s heritage. The design challenge for Ceres was to create a complementary setting for the heritage buildings and new open spaces.