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Creating beautiful new buildings and places

Cambridge Mosque, designed by Marks Barfield Architects. Photograph © Morley von Sternberg

We must not just protect the best places created by past generations – we should be creating outstanding new buildings and landscapes that will become the treasured heritage of future generations. ‘Place-making’ – creating and sustaining a positive and distinctive character in an area – is also important to our economic success, and this was identified by the Cambridge and Peterborough Independent Economic Review (CPIER). Some of the key issues we need to consider include:

  • How successful our existing design policies have been in ‘place-making’ and ensuring quality.

  • How to design and enhance public space.

  • Continuing to benefit from the clear approach to design principles provided by the Cambridgeshire Quality Charter for Growth.

  • How both the ‘special’ landmark buildings, and more everyday structures such as homes, shops, business units and infrastructure, can contribute to a positive sense of place and local identity through their design.

  • How designing for climate change mitigation (see glossary) and climate change adaptation (see glossary) can be an opportunity to create distinctive and characterful developments.

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