Newcastle housing scheme wins top award

Newcastle housing scheme wins top award

A Tyneside housing scheme which combines traditional community values with modern sustainability has won a prestigious design award.

The Malings at Ouseburn Valley, Newcastle was announced the Supreme Winner at the Housing Design Awards, following a detailed and intensive judging process.

This is the latest award for the £14m private residential scheme by Carillion igloo Ltd, which was previously named as Project Winner at the 2013 awards.

Now, taking the main prize at the awards is further praise for a scheme which has been built on a commitment to “quality, design and sustainability.”

The Malings fought off competition from across the country including major schemes in London, Hampshire, Birmingham and Bath.

David Roberts, director at igloo, said: “Receiving the award was confirmation of the importance of the scheme as an exemplar on the national stage.

“We were attracted to the possibility of building new homes in the Ouseburn Valley, but recognised the challenges this would give us - industrial sites, gritty urban character, and sensitive riverside ecology.

“Our approach is always the careful selection of architects working with the community and the result at The Malings has been homes that people love, significant quantifiable value generation and a genuine contribution to this important part of Newcastle.” 

The Malings development comprises 76 homes, ranging from one bedroom flats to four storey tower houses, all built to take advantage of natural light and to minimise energy consumption.          

The Malings has been built on land owned by Newcastle City Council and the Homes and Community Agency, who are delighted the scheme has now gained national recognition.

Pat Ritchie, chief executive of Newcastle City Council, said: “The Ouseburn Valley has a strong sense of community and heritage, dating back to the start of the Industrial Revolution.

“By working in partnership, we have built on this sense of history and community spirit to create attractive low energy, eco-friendly homes that meets the needs of our residents and supports the ongoing development of the area.

 “We are both pleased and very proud of what we have achieved and that The Malings has been recognised with a second Housing Design Award.”

The final 17 properties are due for completion in spring 2017, with only eight of the entire development left to sell. 

 

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