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Client Hill

Site area 2.7

Number of homes 208

Homes per hectare 77

Local authority Cambridge City Council

Virido – Latin for ‘becoming green’ - will be one of the country’s largest zero carbon communities, and is an innovative joint venture between developers Hill and Cambridge City Council.

“This is a landmark site for us as a developer but also for Cambridge. It underlines the city as one of the UK’s innovation and technology hubs at the forefront of the sustainability agenda, and we are delighted to have been entrusted by the council to develop this important project. By pioneering new technological advances in residential development this site will become one of the largest and most sustainable sites in the country. We also want to ensure that the properties perform in their primary capacity, as comfortable and useable homes, and this is why we have enlisted two families to trial our Virido concept houses for one year. These families will provide us with vital information on how people interact and use this technology on an everyday basis and this will help us to hone the properties we are building.”

Rob Hall, Deputy Managing Director, Hill

"Our year spent at the Virido Concept House has been eye opening and when we move into our new home, we are looking forward to adapting it to incorporate some of the features that have been so helpful this year," said Lorna. "For example the drying cupboard, used for drying clothes, is incredibly handy to have when you're doing lots of washing and uses much less electricity than a conventional drier. "We are also going to take full advantage of the garden and put in a vegetable patch, which has been great this year for showing the kids where their food comes from. It will definitely be sad to leave, but we're keen to apply everything we've learnt to our new home which is close to our family and friends."

Lorna and Dave Rayner, Virido Concept House Residents


  • Evening Standard New Homes Award 2017 — Winner
  • London Evening Standard New Homes Award 2015 — Winner
  • What House? Award 2015 — Silver Award