Affordable housing at Sedgeford, Norfolk is a multi award winner

05/05/2010
5 May 2010
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An affordable housing scheme for Hastoe Housing Association at Jarvie Close, Sedgeford in Norfolk has received three major awards in a matter of days.

The ten homes, which are priority for local people, took top honours in the affordable housing category of the East Anglian Local Authority Building Control (LABC) awards on Friday (30th April) and will now go forward to the National awards in November. Announcing the award the judges said it was “an exemplary Code Level 3 scheme which demonstrates that affordable housing can still achieve exceptional design quality and overcome the challenges of building in an area of outstanding natural beauty.”

And last night (Tuesday 4th May) the Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk added further praise to the scheme by awarding it first place in the Residential New Build category of the Mayor’s awards, as well as honouring the scheme as the joint Overall Winner of the annual competition. The mayor summed up the development when he said “these are sustainable homes where people can really live, an example of how all new developments should be built.”

Chris Parsons, from local Architects Parsons Whittley explained “we are delighted that the scheme has been so well received. The challenge of building to high sustainable levels in the beautiful Norfolk countryside required a design which reflected traditional buildings whilst still being technologically advanced.”

Photo of Jarvie Close, Sedgeford, NorfolkThe development was initiated by Sedgeford Parish Council when they realised there was a lack of affordable housing in the village. Hastoe was able to work with them to bring about new homes tailored to needs of the community. The land was made available by King’s Lynn & West Norfolk Borough Council and funding was received from the Homes and Communities Agency as part of the National Affordable Housing Programme.

Completed in July 2009 by local builder E N Suiter from King’s Lynn, the scheme comprises 2, 3 and 4 bed flats and houses. Heated by Ground Source Heat Pumps and employing extremely high insulation levels and green materials, the houses achieve Code for Sustainable Homes level 3 and scored 17 points under the CABE Building for Life scheme.

John Lefever, Regional Head of Development for Hastoe added “these homes will support the village for many years to come as a legal agreement ensures local people have priority. We congratulate Parsons and Whittley on their success and for helping to us to achieve a quality, sensitively designed scheme design that showcases what can be achieved in rural communities.”

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For further information please contact:

Chris Parsons, Parsons & Whittley on 01760 722000/chris@parsonswhittley.co.uk  or

Rebecca Beaumont, Hastoe on 020 8973 0437/rbeaumont@hastoe.com  

Notes to Editors:

Parsons & Whittley Architects are a regional practice based in Swaffham serving most of East Anglia. As well as a general practice they have considerable expertise in social and affordable housing development. Further information can be found at: www.parsonswhittley.co.uk

Hastoe Housing Association Limited is a not-for-profit organisation that owns and manages over 4,000 homes in southern England for affordable housing through letting and shared ownership. Half of these homes are in rural areas. Hastoe works closely with its residents to ensure it provides sustainable homes in sustainable communities.

The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) is the single, national housing and regeneration delivery agency for England. Its role is to create opportunity for people to live in high-quality, sustainable places. It provides funding for affordable housing, brings land back into productive use and improves quality of life by raising standards for the physical and social environment.

The Code for Sustainable Homes is the national standard for the sustainable design and construction of new homes. The Code aims to reduce our carbon emissions and create homes that are more sustainable

The CABE Building for Life scheme is the national standard for well-designed homes and neighbourhoods. Building for Life promotes design excellence and celebrates best practice in the house building industry. There are 20 Building for Life criteria that new housing developments are scored against the criteria to assess the quality of their design.
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