Cambridge 2000: Southacre Drive: Chippenham and Barrington

Description: Southacre Drive: Chippenham and Barrington
Date built: 1990
Architect: Cound Page Architects
Southacre Drive: Chippenham and Barrington (Cound Page Architects) map for Southacre Drive: Chippenham and Barrington
Date photograph taken: 06 Apr 2000 (Alternative map: Google map)

These two blocks of flats are on the Southacre site, which is located between Chaucer Road and Latham Road. The freehold for the site was purchased by the university from the Pemberton family in 1940. The university built two anodyne blocks of flats on the grounds in 1950-1951, and these are for university staff.

The university was keen to develop the site further, for commercial reasons, and after a decade of argument over various proposals, in 1988-1990 five blocks of flats (all designed by Cound Page) and twelve houses were added to the site, mostly on the eastern edge, bordering Trumpington Road.

These two blocks of flats were added on the western edge. They are located on almost the same footprint as the house, Southacre, built in 1880 for Henry Latham (Master of Trinity Hall), from which the site gets its name. That house was demolished in 1989 as part of this extensive redevelopment. Houses at numbers 1 and 3 Chaucer Road were also demolished in order to provide not only access but also land for some of the new houses.

These two blocks are similar in spirit to Oast House and Redwood Lodge on the Pinehurst site on Grange Road, which were built around the same time.

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