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Record number of homes bag Building for Life standard

A record 55 new housing projects have qualified for a Building for Life standard in 2010 - a 50 per cent increase from last year and the highest number in the eight-year history of the award

The schemes were given a score of more than 14 out or 20 against the Building for Life criteria - the CABE-backed national standard for well-designed homes and neighbourhoods.

It is also the first time more than half of all entries (96) achieved a standard, signalling an overall improvement in the quality of housing.

A total of 20 schemes achieved the gold standard this year, while 35 qualified for a silver standard - compared to 12 gold standards and 24 silver standards the previous year.

According to CABE the projects show that housebuilders are increasingly willing to play a leading role in creating successful places, in addition to the construction of individual homes. The ‘concept of placemaking’ can be seen across all 54 schemes, regardless of their size or location.

They range from a distinctive scheme in South London with 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.

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

Stewart Baseley, executive chairman of Home Builders Federation (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

Gold awards

Astor CourtPlymouth24 homesCedar Homes Limited; Architects Design Group
AvanteMaidstone150Crest Nicholson; Sheppard Robson
be: NewhallEssex34Linden Homes Eastern Ltd; Alison Brooks Architects; Galliford Try Partnership
Bolonachi BuildingLondon138The Hyde Group; Levitt Bernstein; Rooff Ltd
Burnhill GreenStaffordshire10The Crown Estate; Watson, Bertran & Fell; J S Seddon
Cargo MillbayPlymouth134English Cities Fund; Acanthus Ferguson Mann
Claredale StreetLondon77Tower Hamlets Community Housing; Karakusevic Carson Architects; Hill Partnership
Crown MewsSt Ives13Campbell Buchanan
Fairfield ParkBedfordshire1200Mid Beds District Council; Tetlow King Ltd; PJ Livesey; Fairfields Redevelopments; Stamford Homes; Persimmon Homes; Bovis; Twigden Homes; Taylor Wimpey; David Wilson Homes; Miller Homes
Falcon WorksLondon93Hexagon Housing Association; Alan Camp Architects LLP; Osborne
Friars LanePlymouth15Pemberley Developments; Rogers & Haynes Architects
Grainey’s JoineryPlymouth64McAleer & Rushe Ltd; Lacey Hickie Caley Ltd
Mills BakeryPlymouth78Urban Splash Build; Gillespie Yunnie
OneBrightonBrighton172Crest Nicholson, BioRegional Quintain; Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios; Denne Construction
PrintworksLondon164First Base; Glenn Howells Architects; Laing O’Rourke
Rochester RowLondon51Barratt West London; Assael Architecture Ltd
Stanmore PlaceLondon194St Edward Homes Grid Architects ; Berkeley Homes (Urban Renaissance)
Stonebridge Hillside HubLondon59The Hyde Group with Rydon Construction; Edward Cullinan Architects; REAL; Inplace
Thornberry HouseLondon24Catalyst Housing Group; PCKO Architects; Willmott Dixon
Waverley GardensBristol66Brunelcare; NOMA Architects; Leadbitter

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