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Policy & Activities

09 September, 2010

Record number of good housing schemes

A record 55 new housing schemes have qualified for a Building for Life standard this year, 50 per cent more than last year and the largest number in the eight years of the award.

The schemes scored more than 14 out or 20 against the Building for Life criteria, the national standard for well-designed homes and neighbourhoods. It is the first time more than half of all entries (96) achieved a standard, suggesting an overall rise in housing quality.

A total of 20 schemes qualified for a gold standard and 35 for a silver standard this year, compared to 12 gold standards and 24 silver standards last year.

The schemes suggest that housebuilders are increasingly seizing the opportunity to play a leading role in creating successful places, as well as the construction of individual homes. The concept of placemaking can be seen across all 55 schemes, regardless of their size or location.

They range from a distinctive scheme in South London with coherent private and public space to family housing at Hulton Square in Salford which provides good access to public transport and makes best use of its location near a park, primary schools and a healthcare centre.

Over half of all the schemes that achieved a Building for Life are in the South West (16) or in London (17). A self build development in Bristol, Ashley Vale, is the first scheme of its kind to achieve a Building for Life standard.

Wayne Hemingway, chair of Building for Life, said: ‘Building for Life has helped developers and planners talk the same language and by working together they’re creating far better places to live.’

Richard Simmons, CABE chief executive, said: ‘This suggests to me we might finally be starting to deliver good quality housing on a regular basis.’

Stewart Baseley, executive chairman at HBF, said: ‘A record number of standards reflects the industry’s commitment and shows recognition that quality is a driver of business.’


Building for Life standards 2010


Astor Court


 24 homes 

Cedar Homes Limited; Architects Design Group




Crest Nicholson; Sheppard Robson

be: Newhall



Linden Homes Eastern Ltd; Alison Brooks Architects; Galliford Try Partnership

Bolonachi Building



The Hyde Group; Levitt Bernstein; Rooff Ltd

Burnhill Green



The Crown Estate; Watson, Bertran & Fell; J S Seddon Ltd

Cargo Millbay



English Cities Fund; Acanthus Ferguson Mann

Claredale Street



Tower Hamlets Community Housing; Karakusevic Carson Architects; Hill Partnership

 Crown Mews

 St Ives


Campbell Buchanan

Fairfield Park



Mid Beds District Council; Tetlow King Ltd; PJ Livesey; Fairfields Redevelopments Ltd; Stamford Homes; Persimmon Homes; Bovis; Twigden Homes; Taylor Wimpey; David Wilson Homes; Miller Homes

 Falcon Works



Hexagon Housing Association; Alan Camp Architects LLP; Osborne

 Friars Lane



Pemberley Developments; Rogers & Haynes Architects

 Grainey's Joinery



McAleer & Rushe Ltd; Lacey Hickie Caley Ltd

Mills Bakery



Urban Splash Build; Gillespie Yunnie




 Crest Nicholson, BioRegional Quintain; Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios; Denne Construction




 First Base; Glenn Howells Architects; Laing O’Rourke

 Rochester Row



 Barratt West London; Assael Architecture Ltd

 Stanmore Place



 St Edward Homes Ltd; Grid Architects Ltd; Berkeley Homes (Urban Renaissance) Ltd

 Stonebridge Hillside Hub



 The Hyde Group with Rydon Construction; Edward Cullinan Architects; REAL; Inplace

 Thornberry House



 Catalyst Housing Group; PCKO Architects; Willmott Dixo

 Waverley Gardens



 Brunelcare; NOMA Architects; Leadbitter



288 Gloucester Road


10 homes

Simon Crocker, Simon James New Homes Ltd; Focus on Design

Ashley Vale Self Build Development



Ashley Vale Action Group




Knightstone Housing Association; gcp Chartered Architects; Leadbetter Construction

Baden Powell Close



Southern Housing Group; Peter Barber Architects Ltd; Kier Partnership Homes Ltd

Barking Central



Redrow Regeneration (Barking) Ltd; London Borough of Barking & Dagenham; Allford Hall Monaghan Morris; Ardmore Group

Beaufort Park



St George Central London; Broadway Malyan; Ardmore

Bow Cross



Swan Housing Association; PRP Architects; Countryside Properties PLC (in partnership)

Brandwood End

Kings Heath


Waterloo Housing Association; Axis Design Architects; Frank Haslam Milan and Co Ltd; Avebury International Plc; Thomas Value Construction; Marbury Hills

Burtons Farm Park

North Solihull


West Mercia Homes Ltd; RPS Planning and Development Ltd; Bellway Homes (West Midlands Division) Ltd

Cabot Circus, Bristol



Bristol Alliance; Chapman Taylor LLP
Wilkinson Eyre Architects
Alec French Architects; Sir Robert McAlpine

Chatham Place



Muse Developments; Cartwright Pickard Architects Ltd; Ardmore Construction Ltd; Leadbitter Group

Christopher Thomas Court



Jephson Housing Association; AWW; E G Carter


High Wycombe


Aston Homes Ltd; Richard Clark Chartered Architects; West Rose Construction Ltd

Dunchurch Road



Benfield Homes Ltd; HB Architects Ltd

 Evolution Cove



Standerton House; The Architects Design Group

Fitzwarren Street



Great Places Housing Group Ltd; Loop Architecture; Wates Living Space

Goodwill Drive



Home Group; MEPK Architects; Willmott Dixon Housing Ltd

Grosvenor Waterside



Make; Broadway Malyan; Sheppard Robson; Twigg Brown Architects; Harper Downie; Allies and Morrison Architects; Reid Architects; EPR Architects; nil; St James Urban Living

Grove House



The Clifton Village Development Partnership; noma architects; Chamberlain Building Contractors; Urban Creation Limited

H4 Barton Hill



Sovereign South and West; Kendall Kingscott Ltd; Leadbitter Construction

 Harris Drive



David Wilson Homes East Midlands

 Hulton Square



LPC Living; Falconer Chester Hall; Dreamspace Construction

 James Place



 University of Plymouth; Willmore Iles Architects Ltd

 Jarvie Close



 Hastoe Housing Association; Parsons & Whittley; E N Suiter & Sons Ltd




 Stevenson Homes Ltd; Rogers & Haynes Architects

 Northampton Place



 Hanover Housing Association; Archadia Chartered Architects; Feltham Construction Ltd

 Orient House



 East Midlands Housing Association; Gordon White & Hood Ltd; Mansell Construction Services Ltd




 St George West London Ltd; PRC Architect and Planning Ltd

 Plymstock Library



 Signpost Housing Association; Rogers & Haynes Architects

 Queen Mary's Place



 St James Developments; Omega Partnership

 Robinson Building



 Urbis Developments T/A Voramex Ltd; O'LearyGoss Architects; Urbis Build

 Spencer Place



 David Wilson Homes Southern; Sovereign Housing Group; Broadway Malyan; David Wilson Homes

 St Andrew's



 Barratt Homes London; Allies and Morrison; Barratt Homes London

The Ledge, Fishersgate

 West Sussex


 HydeMartlet; RH Partnership Architects; Denne Construction




 Linden Homes (SE) Ltd; John Thompson & Partners


Notes to Editors

  • For further information, please contact Dominy Bird at CABE on 020 7070 6772 or email or Steve Turner at the HBF on 020 7960 1606 or email
  • Building for Life is an initiative led by CABE and the Home Builders Federation. The Building for Life standard is awarded to housebuilders and housing associations who demonstrate a commitment to high design standards, good place making and sustainable development.
  • Housing schemes achieve the Building for Life standard if they fulfil at least 14 of the 20 criteria for a silver standard and 16 out of 20 for a gold standard. For more details about the judges please visit
  • The 20 criteria can be found at
  • The Home Builders Federation (HBF) is the principal representative body for private sector home builders and voice of the home building industry in England and Wales. The HBF’s 300 member firms account for some 80% of all new homes built in England and Wales in any one year, and include companies of all sizes, ranging from multi-national, household names through regionally based businesses to small local companies.
  • CABE is the government’s advisor on architecture, urban design and public space. As a public body, we encourage policymakers to create places that work for people. We help local planners apply national design policy and offer expert advice to developers and architects. We show public sector clients how to commission buildings that meet the needs of their users. And we seek to inspire the public to demand more from their buildings and spaces. Advising, influencing and inspiring, we work to create well-designed, welcoming places.