Waterbeach home

Waterbeach Hub building dusk

Waterbeach new community

Mole Architects is part of a team that designed the winning bid for a new settlement on the site of Waterbeach barracks on the outskirts of Cambridge. Development manager Urban&Civic has been selected by the Ministry of Defence to bring forward a proposed settlement of 6,500 sustainable new homes across 716 acres. The major new community, which is being masterplanned by architect Fletcher Priest, is located close to heritage and environmental assets such as Denny Abbey and Wicken Fen, three miles from Cambridge's world-renowned science and technology parks and close to the new North Cambridge and existing Waterbeach railway stations.

Mole Architects is an award-winning architectural practice based in Cambridge, founded by Meredith Bowles in 1997. From The Black House in the Cambridgeshire Fens (featured in the V&A architecture gallery) to the Living Architecture collaboration on the Balancing Barn, the practice has been marked out by its distinctiveness, originality and personality. Mole makes buildings described by Elle Decoration as ‘not just green but gorgeous’, expressing a commitment to cutting-edge sustainability alongside a passion for colour, form and material quality. Mole’s ethos combines innovation and common sense, and celebrates individuality. Recent commissions span a wide range of buildings types, from one-off houses, to apartments and yacht clubs, and clients include artists, developers, housing associations and universities.


All Mole’s buildings are the result of many hours of collaborative work.  Whatever the scale, all demonstrate an interest in the craft of making, and are uniquely tailored to their purpose. Each building is finely tuned, and brings pleasure to the daily rituals that define our lives.

North West Cambridge home
news University Phase 1

University of Cambridge

Mole’s building for the University of Cambridge, part of the proposed £1 billion expansion, commenced on site in January 2015.  The £9.2 million building, housing post-graduate duplex apartments and a GP Surgery, is due for completion in the autumn of 2016. The building is being built by BAM Construct as part of an £80 million contract, with other buildings being designed by Wilkinson Eyre and Mecanoo.

Stackyard House home
Molehill House, Palgrave. Commission by Mole Architects

Stackyard House

Stackyard House near Diss in Suffolk wins Ideal Home of the Year in the 2014 Blue Ribbon Awards. The Awards “aim to celebrate the best blueprints for modern domestic living in Britain today. As one of very few UK housing award schemes to focus on consumers as well as industry, the Ideal Home Show Blue Ribbon Awards set a benchmark of excellence while offering consumers a crucial guide to the best in building design, sustainability, community development and affordable housing in the UK”

“One of Britain’s top 10 architect provocateurs, who are shaking things up with bold, innovative designs.” – Sunday Times

Hindolveston home

Hindolveston road housing

The £1.2 million scheme for Broadland Housing Association won the Best Affordable Housing Scheme at the Housing Excellence Awards 2014. These awards celebrate the best social housing in the UK. Mole’s scheme beat a shortlist of 8 projects. The scheme was also shortlisted in the 2014 Passivhaus Awards for the best Architectural Design.

“One of Britain’s 20 top-notch architects.”

— Sunday Telegraph

Boathouse home
Lake Drive concrete

The Houseboat

The Houseboat was shortlisted in the 2014 World Architecture Festival 2014 in Singapore. The WAF Awards are the world’s largest festival and live awards competition, with entries from across the globe. The Houseboat, now under construction, was one of 8 projects shortlisted in the Future Projects: House category.

The Black House home


The Black House

The Black House is included in the new edition of Pevsner Architectural Guides: Buildings of England. The Cambridgeshire volume has been revised and updated by Simon Bradley, including new entries describing the best buildings in the County built since the first edition written by Pevsner in 1954.

“Thank you so much for all your creativity, hard work, tenacity and patience. The result is brilliant. I still feel a 'wow' when I come home!”

Waterbeach homeNorth West Cambridge homeStackyard House homeHindolveston homeBoathouse homeThe Black House home