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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.’

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Building for Life standards 2010

Gold

Astor Court

Plymouth 

 24 homes 

Cedar Homes Limited; Architects Design Group

Avante

 Maidstone 

 150  

Crest Nicholson; Sheppard Robson

be: Newhall

 Essex 

 34 

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

Bolonachi Building

 London 

 138  

The Hyde Group; Levitt Bernstein; Rooff Ltd

Burnhill Green

 Staffordshire 

 10 

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

Cargo Millbay

 Plymouth 

 134 

English Cities Fund; Acanthus Ferguson Mann

Claredale Street

 London 

 77 

Tower Hamlets Community Housing; Karakusevic Carson Architects; Hill Partnership

 Crown Mews

 St Ives

 13 

Campbell Buchanan

Fairfield Park

 Bedfordshire 

 1200

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

 London 

93  

Hexagon Housing Association; Alan Camp Architects LLP; Osborne

 Friars Lane

 Plymouth 

 15 

Pemberley Developments; Rogers & Haynes Architects

 Grainey's Joinery

 Plymouth 

 64 

McAleer & Rushe Ltd; Lacey Hickie Caley Ltd

 
Mills Bakery

 Plymouth

 78 

Urban Splash Build; Gillespie Yunnie

OneBrighton 

 Brighton 

 172 

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

 Printworks

 London 

 164 

 First Base; Glenn Howells Architects; Laing O’Rourke

 Rochester Row

 London 

 51 

 Barratt West London; Assael Architecture Ltd

 Stanmore Place

 London 

 194 

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

 Stonebridge Hillside Hub

 London 

 59 

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

 Thornberry House

 London 

 24 

 Catalyst Housing Group; PCKO Architects; Willmott Dixo

 Waverley Gardens

 Bristol 

 66 

 Brunelcare; NOMA Architects; Leadbitter

 

Silver

288 Gloucester Road

Bristol 

10 homes

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

Ashley Vale Self Build Development

 Bristol 

 32 

Ashley Vale Action Group

Backfields

 Bristol 

 69 

Knightstone Housing Association; gcp Chartered Architects; Leadbetter Construction

Baden Powell Close

 London 

 14 

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

Barking Central

London 

 518 

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

Beaufort Park

 London 

676 

St George Central London; Broadway Malyan; Ardmore

Bow Cross

London 

 226 

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

 
Brandwood End

Kings Heath

 304 

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

 65 

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

Cabot Circus, Bristol

 Bristol 

260 

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


Chatham Place

Reading 

 307 

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

Christopher Thomas Court

 Bristol 

54 

Jephson Housing Association; AWW; E G Carter

Cometa

High Wycombe

 12 

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

Dunchurch Road

 Rugby 

 18 

Benfield Homes Ltd; HB Architects Ltd

 Evolution Cove

 Plymouth 

 58 

Standerton House; The Architects Design Group

Fitzwarren Street

 Salford 

 25 

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

Goodwill Drive

 London 

 159 

Home Group; MEPK Architects; Willmott Dixon Housing Ltd

Grosvenor Waterside

 London 

 856 

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

 Bristol 

 14 

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

H4 Barton Hill

Bristol 

 12 

Sovereign South and West; Kendall Kingscott Ltd; Leadbitter Construction

 Harris Drive

 Rugby 

 55 

David Wilson Homes East Midlands

 Hulton Square

 Salford 

 73 

LPC Living; Falconer Chester Hall; Dreamspace Construction

 James Place

 Plymouth 

 329 

 University of Plymouth; Willmore Iles Architects Ltd

 Jarvie Close

 Sedgeford 

 10 

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

 Middletons

 Plymouth 

 11 

 Stevenson Homes Ltd; Rogers & Haynes Architects

 Northampton Place

 Slough 

 56 

 Hanover Housing Association; Archadia Chartered Architects; Feltham Construction Ltd

 Orient House

 Kettering 

 46 

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

 Parkwest

 Drayton 

574  

 St George West London Ltd; PRC Architect and Planning Ltd

 Plymstock Library

 Plymouth 

 27 

 Signpost Housing Association; Rogers & Haynes Architects

 Queen Mary's Place

 London 

 359 

 St James Developments; Omega Partnership

 Robinson Building

 Bristol 

100  

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

 Spencer Place

 Basingstoke 

 291 

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

 St Andrew's

 London 

 194 

 Barratt Homes London; Allies and Morrison; Barratt Homes London

 
The Ledge, Fishersgate

 West Sussex

 40 

 HydeMartlet; RH Partnership Architects; Denne Construction

 Watercolour

 Surrey 

 523 

 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 dbird@cabe.org.uk or Steve Turner at the HBF on 020 7960 1606 or email steve.turner@hbf.co.uk
  • 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 www.buildingforlife.org/awards/judges
  • The 20 criteria can be found at www.buildingforlife.org/criteria
  • 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. www.hbf.co.uk
  • 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. www.cabe.org.uk