Outstanding housing project of the decade results

20th October 2010


Cross Street South, Wolverhampton (Bromford Group)

An unofficial car park on a demolition site was the subject of Wolverhampton Council’s competition to design a flagship low-carbon development for affordable housing. Bromford teamed up with Integer, whose expertise had already led to an appearance on the BBC’s ‘Tomorrow’s World’, and put together a package from the council, the local New Deal for Communities and the Housing Corporation to fund their winning scheme. The 27 flats and three houses are built to Eco-homes ‘excellent’ standard. South facing to maximise natural light, with sedum roofing for sustainable urban drainage, recycled newspaper insulation, a woodchip boiler providing heat to the whole development, water-butts and composting, the amenities include allotments and a pavilion and environmental education centre for local people.

Highly commended

Pride in Camp Hill (PinCH)

Camp Hill, Nuneaton, was originally built in the 1950s to house miners working in the nearby coalfields, but the Wimpey ‘no-fines’ housing was of poor quality and, in certain areas, badly laid out.  Unemployment after the demise of the mining industry brought on abandonment; the area struggled to get back on its feet due to high crime levels and low skills.  PinCH, formed in 1999, has worked with public and private sector partners on four phases of development, the first starting on site in 2005 and the last – mixed use redevelopment of a former quarry – yet to complete.  £200m of public and private investment has resulted in 1239 homes (of which 25% are affordable) and a new village centre with retail and community buildings.

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