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7 June 2013 | Posted by Jenni Mason
Image courtesy of Freeland Rees Roberts
Beacon Planning and Freeland Rees Roberts Architects have played their part in one of Cambridge's latest residential developments where all the apartments and penthouses were reserved within four days of being launched for sale recently.

Described by estate agents and developer Rheebridge as a 'boutique development' of brand new apartments and penthouses, Regency Villas is on Regent Terrace and overlooks Parker's Piece 25 acres of civic, green space.

Beacon Planning was appointed in March 2011 by the developer to work on a planning application for the five 1-bedroom and six 2-bedroom apartment development on which planning permission was granted in February last year.

A high profile location and the need to respect the established architecture surrounding its Parker's Piece setting were key in securing both planning permission and the viability and attractiveness of the Regency Villas development.

The provision of a design which was both appropriate to its on-street location as well as the client's brief for long views over Parker's Piece were reconciled in consultation with Cambridge City Council.

The desire for a premium quality, car-free development meant an emphasis on high quality design, detailing and materials and close collaboration between the planning consultants and the architects in meeting the client's brief and the City Council's approval.

Both Beacon Planning and Freeland Rees Roberts are award winners in their professional fields and the result of their efforts will see Regency Villas as a high quality development in a landmark Cambridge location.

Tristan Rees Roberts, the leading architect for the scheme, is pleased that the architectural design is set to translate so perfectly into reality.

"The frontage of the building as seen from Parker's Piece will fulfil our intention that it should blend with its surroundings" he says. "Sometimes a site dictates design discretion rather than statement, and Regent Terrace is an example of this." Beacon's head of planning, Jenny Page, says: "A high quality design is vital in any Cambridge location but the spotlight is really on Regency Villas given its Parker's Piece setting.

Pre-application discussions were crucial in ensuring a development which attracts the right type of attention from buyers, local residents and visitors to Cambridge alike."