Virido is a collection of 208 zero-carbon homes created in partnership with Cambridge City Council, and formed part of the wider community of Great Kneighton. Consisting of 104 affordable homes for Cambridge City Council, 89 homes for the private rental sector through L&Q and 15 private sale homes by Hill. All homes were met the Code for Sustainable Homes Level 5.

To ensure the new homes were sustainable and comfortable for residents, a concept house was created – it saw a young family win a competition to live rent and bill free in the house for a year so they could trial and provide regular feedback on the sustainable aspects of the new homes which we were then able to implement into the larger Virido development. The Concept House itself won a number of awards including the Eco-Living Award at the Evening Standard New Homes Awards 2015, while the wider Virido development won the very same award in 2017.

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Designing a sustainable community

Today, energy efficient homes aren’t just for the ultra eco savvy, they’re for everyone. Virido embraces the best in energy saving technology to create a model of sustainability within a vibrant, social community where residents feel connected and inspired.

Do more for the environment

To meet Code for Sustainable Homes Level 5, the homes at Virido have been designed and developed to be highly energy efficient and to reduce the carbon emissions by 100%.

Using energy-efficient materials lessens a person’s environmental footprint or impact on resource use. An ecofriendly home produces fewer carbon emissions through efficient energy use and can help you save time, protect your health and reduce your impact on the environment, all whilst encouraging a ‘greener’ lifestyle.

Do sustainability 

Virido is expertly designed to use as little energy and water as possible, to enable the homes to achieve this, we have packed them full of sustainable features-

Triple glazing
Many of the windows used at Virido are triple-glazed and incorporate special coatings that reflect heat back into the building. It means you lose about 80% less heat than single glazing and 50% less than typical double glazing. As a result you can sit or sleep very close to the window without feeling cold as well as it offering excellent sound proofing.

Extra large windows
The large windows used throughout Virido let in plenty of natural light, reducing the need of switching the lights on. Aluminium composite windows are also highly durable and low maintenance.

Low solar gain glazing
Whilst lovely to have, large windows can make rooms hot. The glazing used in many of the east and west facing windows to the top floor elevations at Virido, helps to eradicate solar gain therefore the rooms don’t get too hot in the summer or too cold in the winter.



Skylights installed in the roof at Virido, provide an extra source of daylight all year round, these also provide a simple way of letting warm air escape during the height of summer. *Only on selected properties

Solar PV panels
Virido will generate energy from solar panels on the roofs to reduce the overall carbon emissions from communal and street lighting.

Mechanical Ventilation Heat Recovery (MVHR)
The MVHR ensures a constant flow of clean, fresh filtered air. It removes stale air from kitchens and bathrooms and uses the warmth from this to heat the fresh air supplied to bedrooms and living spaces.

Smart Meters
Smart meters will be provided for you to keep a watchful eye on your electricity and gas consumption

Heating your home
Due to the progressive design and construction of the Virido apartments and houses, there is actually no need for radiators as the homes should stay at a comfortable temperature all year around, but for reassurance we have added radiators for your personal comfort

Drying cupboard
All homes incorporate a drying space with a dehumidifier. This efficient and convenient system makes the drying of clothes and linen easier, cheaper and more energy efficient than using a tumble dryer.

Our objective is simple – at Virido we aim to provide homes that effortlessly facilitate a lifestyle which is both environmentally responsible and sustainable without compromising on comfort.

Site Plan

Local information

A PART OF THIS GROWING COMMUNITY’S FUTUREVirido lives at the heart of Great Kneighton, a blossoming residential area in Trumpington, accessed off Long Road, on the southern edge of Cambridge city. As well as providing much needed new homes, its green spaces and community amenities provide the essential positive elements for a rounded lifestyle. Virido is conveniently positioned close to the Guided Busway providing the quickest and greenest way to travel.

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Hobson’s Square
Great Kneighton life will focus around Hobson’s Square. It will be a gathering point of community facilities, including a new community / health centre, library, shops, and offices. The Square’s other roles will be transport hub, a place for meeting and socialising and an events space for concerts, festivals and markets.
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Country Park
Another central element of Great Kneighton is the brand new 120-acre Country Park. It’s a wonderful public open space that contains woodland, four ponds, a bird reserve, allotments, playing fields for the new secondary school, a range of play areas and one and a half miles of footpaths. To date there has been over 14,000 new trees planted in the park, including eighty large semi-mature varieties.

Do Explore

Great Kneighton will benefit from its own community hub, with shops and other amenities close at hand for Virido homeowners. But just a short cycle or bus ride will take you into Cambridge, in all its cosmopolitan and creative glory. If shopping is your passion, the city’s historic centre is an enticing mecca of independent and artisan retailers. If you’re looking for big name brands, then head over to the Grand Arcade and discover the likes of John Lewis, Apple, The White Company, Ted Baker and Links of London.

If your taste buds need sating then your options are virtually limitless. From cafés to crêperies; from street food to Michelin-starred dining; and from chefs championing local produce to diverse international cuisines, there’s good food to suit every taste and mood. And with the people of Cambridge loving all things alfresco, you’ll find diners on rooftops, pavements and, naturally, by the river.
Cambridge city is bias towards an outdoor lifestyle – its pedestrianised streets, numerous parks and gardens and the river Cam provide a delightful natural environment to explore. Walking or cycling to Cambridge from Virido is a pleasure in itself, but once in the city, there is much to enjoy.

You’ll discover the glorious green spaces of Jesus Green, Parker’s Piece, Midsummer Common and the 40 acres of Cambridge University Botanic Garden. You’ll be stumbling upon open-air markets, enjoying riverside picnics and taking punt tours along the world-famous college ‘backs’ – an unmissable Cambridge institution.


Innovation and Education go hand in hand

Cambridge is home to an established cluster of science and technology-based businesses. Focusing on software, electronics, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology, the area is one of the most important technology centres in Europe.
Companies like Apple, Amazon, Google and Microsoft have all set up camp here. At its heart, and within striking distance of Virido, is the expanding Cambridge Biomedical Campus, which is set to be a truly global hub and a home to AstraZeneca, Papworth Hospital, Glaxosmithkline and Cancer Research amongst many others. Virido is conveniently positioned for an easy commute to this new innovation hub and the city beyond, all easily reached on foot, by bicycle or Guided Bus.
The city is known globally as the home of the University of Cambridge, an iconic institution and is regarded as one of the top five universities in the world. But the academic excellence doesn’t rest there. From primary schools to further education colleges, Cambridgeshire boasts numerous acclaimed learning establishments for its younger students too.

The Great Kneighton community itself will have a new primary school and 750-pupil secondary school, just north of Virido. To be known as Trumpington Community College, the new school will specialise in science subjects and Virido residents can benefit from its community sports facilities and playing fields.

Distances from Virido
City Centre (Market Square) 2.7 miles
Cambridge Train Station 2.1 miles
Biomedical Campus 0.9 miles
Addenbrooke’s Hospital 0.9 miles
Waitrose 1.1 miles
Trumpington Park & Ride 1.4 miles
Junction 11 M11 2.2 miles
Parkers Piece 2.0 miles
Cambridge Airport 4.1 miles
Cambridge Science Park 10.8 miles
All distances provided via Google Maps