Waterbeach home

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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 building 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.

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Molehill House, Palgrave. Commission by Mole Architects


Stackyard has won three awards in the 2015 RIBA East Awards, given to buildings that have made an important contribution to architecture.  Chosen from a shortlist of 16 buildings, Stackyard was one of 8 to receive an RIBA East Award; it also received the RIBA East Sustainability Award.  Our Clients Ian and Jane McClintock also received an the Client of the Year Award, in recognition of their own ambition for the project. The house also featured in the Sunday Times within a Long List for the 2015 Manser Medal.

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

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 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

North West Cambridge home

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.

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

The Black House home

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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.

“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

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