Award success for transformation of derelict land into low-cost homes
The transformation by Curo and Halsall Construction of two disused blocks of garages in Bristol into a development of low-cost family homes has won a top prize in the Local Authority Building Control (LABC) South West Building Excellence Awards.
The development of 14 homes won the Best Partnership class and was also highly commended in the Best Social Housing Development class of the awards, run by LABC, which showcase building excellence in construction and technical building control.
The new homes at Poole Close and Mill Paddock, off Coleshill Drive, in Hartcliffe have been built on previously derelict land which was occupied by a number of disused Bristol City Council garages. The developments represent an investment of over £1.4 million from Curo as well as a significant financial investment from Bristol City Council who gifted the land to enable the creation of new affordable homes.
Jane Alderman, Curo’s Head of Development, said: “The development process was lengthy and involved a lot of close working with partners. The result is a development which has not only provided much-needed high quality and affordable homes for Bristol, but has also helped to improve the environment for the neighbouring residents. We are very proud to receive this award with our partners.”
Andy Corp, Managing Director Halsall Construction, said: “Being part of a wider team where effective communications and an innovative approach to achieving a development solution has resulted in a well-executed project. We are extremely pleased to be part of the team to receive the award.”
All the new homes are owned and managed by Curo and have been made available at social rents through HomeChoice Bristol, the local authority’s housing register which allocates low-cost housing to people most in need of housing in Bristol.
The two, three and four bedroom homes meet a number of high standards including Eco Homes level 3 and the Lifetime Homes standard.
In addition the development at Coleshill Drive has been specifically designed as a ‘Homezone’ with safe streets for pedestrians and cyclists as well as cars.
Photo: James Barke.