A. K1 Cambridge at Marmalade Lane
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This multi award winning new-build, community inspired co-housing project, backed by Cambridge City Council and Mole Architects, offers a range of low-energy Swedish Trivselhus homes built around a shared space and large communal garden. There will be an introductory talk about the whole project, followed by a tour of a choice of houses.

Open: 22nd September
Type: New build
Built: 2018

Further information

Completed in winter 2018 this is a second chance for visitors to see inside the new build homes built as part of the K1 Cambridge cohousing project at Marmalade Lane (Orchard Park). The visit will include an introductory talk about the project, followed by a choice of tours of the homes. There are a variety of house sizes and flats to see, each one built to very high environmental standards.

Co-housing is different because residents have control over project development and management. As well as having their own home, members will have access to a large shared garden, communal house (for guests and shared meals), office, laundrette and workshop.

The homes are highly insulated, the walls having been constructed as timber panels in a factory in Sweden. Wall, floor and roof U-values are around 0.18. Factory manufacture enables high standards of air tightness to be achieved. Triple-glazed windows and doors were built into the panels in the factory. The homes have air source heat pumps and mechanical ventilation with heat recovery (MVHR). No gas is used on site; this is the choice of residents, who will be able to buy their energy from 100% renewable suppliers.

Key features

  • Additional shared garden and mixed use building
  • Greater sense of community and participation
  • Range of high spec environmental features in each house
  • South-, east- and west- facing glazing for winter solar thermal gain
  • Manufactured, insulated panels provide high standards of insulation throughout


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NOTE: This tour is 90 minutes.