Ian Bramwell new director

Ian Bramwell steps up as new Director

We are delighted to announce that Ian has been promoted to become Director at Mole, working alongside Meredith to build upon recent successes. Ian has been with Mole for just over 9 years and he has been key to the effective running of the business. As well as his managerial skills Ian also brings a lot of experience and technical ability in delivery as a Project Architect, and he will remain very much hands-on involvement in his various projects across the office.


University of Cambridge housing

North West Cambridge, University of Cambridge. 

The brickwork and concrete banding have been completed on the south elevation of North West Cambridge, our post-graduate housing for the University of Cambridge currently being constructed by BAM Construction. The four-storey apartments on the left will form part of a new residential court and the development also includes a doctor's surgery located on the lower two floors on the main street to the new square.

Churchill College

Churchill College

Mole was announced as runners-up in a competition  for Churchill College in Cambridge to provide 32 new graduate rooms on  a site next to the Grade 2 Listed Sheppard Flats. Our scheme separated the rooms into three ‘houses’ with south-facing shared living rooms.  The forms of the three houses are variations on a standard ‘type’, with each house unique according to its location



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

Marsh Hill

Marsh Hill 

Our clients move in! The replacement house in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the Suffolk coast, has been completed, although the landscape will take a while to re-establish itself. These aerial images show the twisting zinc roof that folds up to contain the master bedroom.  The linear plan makes the most of stupendous views over the tidal salt marshes and the River Alde.

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

— Sunday Telegraph


Barton Road

Mole has obtained planning permission for a new house in the central conservation area of Ely. Replacing a double garage in the grounds of the client's existing home, the house takes inspiration from the roof of the Nave at Ely Cathedral, with a steep pitch and metal covering. Similarly the materiality and detailing of the proposed building takes cues from the verticality and fluting of the cathedral façades, and the vertical stonework of the interior. The façade of the house employs serrated brickwork façade, with recessed windows behind reconstituted stone surrounds. The overall quality is intended to be a subtle variation of traditional brick domestic architecture, drawing explicitly on local buildings to produce a façade of exceptional quality.

“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!”

Sue Collins, Hedge House

Award Plaque

Award Plaque

Ben's (Ben Summers Part I Architectural Assistant) put together the final touches to Hugh's (Hugh Craft Part II Architectural Assistant) winning design for the new plaque for the Cambridge Design and Construction Awards.  The new plaques will be awarded by the Cambridge Forum for the Construction Industry and Cambridge City Council (CFCI) to the most outstanding schemes in the City.  Director Meredith Bowles is a Council member of the CFCI and a judge on the Awards.



 Cambridge Co-Housing

Mole, teamed up with developers Town, have won the competition to design 38 homes for the Cambridge K1 Co-Housing Group.  Land at Orchard Park owned by the City of Cambridge is to be developed as Cambridge's first co-housing project, designed to Passivhaus standards around a common garden overlooked by a Common House. Our scheme with Town revolves around a number of house and apartment types which allow multiple variations of layout to suit differing family requirements.  The scheme will be developed with residents with a view to getting on site in 2016

The Black House home

Mole houses in Pevsner update

The Black House and Cavendish Avenue have been 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.

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