national design guide


national design guide

Marmalade Lane has featured in two recent Government design guides: ‘Living with beauty: promoting health, well-being and sustainable growth’, written by the Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission, and the National Design Guide. These two documents underpin design advice that supports national planning policy, with exemplary projects used to support principles of good design and place-making.

Alice hamlin selected as mj long prize finalist


Alice Hamlin selected as mj long prize finalist

Project Architect Alice Hamlin has been shortlisted for the inaugural MJ Long Prize for Excellence in Practice, part of the W Awards for Architecture. Run jointly by the Architectural Review and the Architects’ Journal, the W awards recognise women’s global contribution to the profession, promote role models for young women in practice and encourage respect, diversity and equality in architecture.


‘the big debate’

Director Meredith Bowles was an invited speaker at ‘The Big Debate’, organised by the Greater Cambridge Partnership to ask questions from the public about the future direction of the Greater Cambridge region.  Meredith spoke about the need for a radical shift in the role of the Local Authority in enabling sustainable affordable public transport, and the need for not-for-profit housing as part of a new fairer society.


Climate emergency conference – 24TH march

The Cambridge Forum for the Construction Industry, and Carbon Neutral Cambridge are hosting the Climate Emergency Conference on March 24th. The event brings together a wide range of speakers with a focus on how it is possible to create zero-carbon buildings, and how the Local Authority can challenge government to make it possible.  The conference takes place at Robinson College, Cambridge. Director Meredith Bowles is a Trustee of the CFCI, and Mole sponsor the annual Open EcoHomes event in Cambridge.

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Our projects are diverse in scale and type.  We’ve designed studios for artists, and masterplans for developers who have a vision to make better cities.  In between these scales we’ve designed many houses and buildings, all contributing to making the places we live and work in richer. Well-designed buildings make life easier, more comfortable, and more pleasurable.

Each project at Mole is informed by the nature of the place and the specifics of the project.  We’re lucky to have worked with clients with ambition and a passion for architecture. Our work reflects this, resulting in unique buildings that reflect something about the people we work with. There’s also a consistency about what we do: an interest in material, texture, and colour.  A desire to make buildings that are surprising in their context but somehow feel right. An ambition to make buildings that use less energy, and feel good to be in.

Photograph: David Butler



Marmalade Lane was awarded the prestigious Richard Feilden Award at the 2019 Housing Design Awards. Named after one of the founding partners of Feilden Clegg Bradley, the award is given to the housing project that is considered to best exemplify an inclusive affordable development. The award is particularly meaningful to Mole, as great admirers of the humane sustainable buildings for which Feilden Clegg Bradley are well known.



From 54 national winners, 3 of our projects have each been awarded a 2019 RIBA National and Regional Award. Eddington Lot 1 in North West Cambridge for our client University of Cambridge, with joint architects Wilkinson Eyre, our cohousing project Marmalade Lane for our client Town with Trivselhus and Secular Retreat for our client Living Architecture where Mole were the executive architects for Atelier Peter Zumthor. (image credits, David Butler and Jack Hobhouse)


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Dacorum Borough Council is currently embarking on an ambitious new homes delivery programme, aiming to deliver 300 more affordable homes in Hemel Hempstead by 2020. Hemel Hempstead is in the north western quadrant of the M25, approximately 25 miles north- west of central London. It is very well located in relation to the motorway network and Hemel Hempstead is a popular choice for commuters because of its outstanding road and rail communications together with excellent local amenities and facilities. The urban population of Hemel Hempstead is 83,000.

This competition entry for 55 affordable homes at Paradise Fields in Hemel Hempstead provides an innovative housing solution on a challenging sloping site with various opportunities and constraints. The scheme design maximises the site with an even percentage mix of 1 bed 2 person flats and 2 bed 3 and 4 person flats, whilst simultaneously offering homes with a high quality design, access to green space and good solar and daylight access.

The urban design of the scheme has been carefully considered to give priority to cycles and pedestrians without hindering functionality with regards access for vehicles and car parking. The scheme is arranged along a mews street, lined to the South by a row of courtyard dwellings. 3 and 4 storey terraced rows of dual-aspect apartments sit perpendicular to the street, creating external spaces between that alternate between semi-private courtyard gardens and landscaped parking courts. The arterial access road – envisaged as a ‘shared surface’ mews street – is an efficient way of distributing vehicles across the site whilst creating a strong character for the scheme.

Paradise Fields challenges some of the current ‘norms’ in housing design, by reinterpreting the social ambitions found in mid-twentieth century council home building. By combining these with a wealth of current best practice guidance for affordable housing, the result is an innovative and forward-looking scheme.

100 Projects UK CLT

100 Projects UK CLT

100 Projects UK CLT

Andrew Waugh and Anthony Thistleton (of Waugh Thistleton Architects)
Softwood Lomber Board & Forestry Innovation Investment

3rd place for our Lego entry

3rd place for our Lego entry

Once again Mole took part in the annual LEGO building competition, run by the Cambridge Forum for the Construction Industry (CFCI), held in the Jesus College Pavillion. This years theme was ‘Belief in Cambridge’, which was interpreted in many different ways from UFOs to an apple tree with a Trinity College backdrop (RHP winners). The teams all had 90 minutes to complete a construction following this brief. Our entry was a replica of the Cambridge Mosque, which to our delight came 3rd place. The winnings (chocolate Santas of course) were enjoyed by the team.

Awards 2018


Fijal House – shortlisted for ‘Small House of the Year’ in The Sunday Times British Homes Awards.
Fijal House – wins ‘Best Contemporary Self Build’ in The Daily Telegraph Homebuilding & Renovating Awards 2018