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New records set at BFL awards

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Record breaking high scores were awarded to two winning schemes at this week’s Building for Life (BFL) awards

Schemes for Lime Street Square by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios and Cross Street South by Cole Thompson Anders received the highest marks ever at the BFL awards, which has been celebrating sustainable and high quality housing design since 2002.

The two schemes performed particularly well on sustainability and street design according to competition organisers the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) and the Home Builders Federation (HBF).

The BFL standard is awarded to schemes which meet at least 14 out of 20 criteria points relating to environment and community; character; streets, parking and pedestrianisation; and design and construction. Out of 36 schemes which met the BFL criteria this year seven were marked out for excellence and given awards.

Lime Tree Square (awarded 19 out of 20) and Cross Street South (awarded 18.5 out of 20) set the benchmark for standards in housing that CABE and HBF want to see post recession.

‘Wherever there is new development – whether it’s one home, a new street or a whole town – our aim is not only to meet housing need, but to make homes and neighbourhoods greener, safer and more attractive environments for people to live in.  Building for Life helps to achieve this by setting very clear quality standards for schemes to meet, and I congratulate all the winners who have so clearly stepped up to the challenge,’ said John Healey MP, minister for housing and planning.

‘The residents of these winning schemes must feel as if they’ve won the lottery,’ said Wayne Hemingway, chair of BFL.

‘These schemes are shining examples of how you deliver great places to live, regardless of the economy, but the problem remains that they represent only a fraction of the housing built today. We urgently need to deliver this quality of housing as standard.’

Lime Tree Square, Somerset: Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios

A homezone concept underpins the design philosophy meaning pedestrians take priority over cars, according to CABE.

Cross Street South, Wolverhampton: Cole Thompson Anders

The ecopark and community allotments at Cross Street South provide a focus for residents activity, according to CABE. The rear courtyard prevents on-street parking.

Cross Street South

Source: Bromford Group and Cole Thompson Anders

Building for Life Award winners 2009


Admiralty Quarter, Portsmouth

  • Architect: David Richmond & Partners Ltd
  • Developer: Crest Nicholson Regeneration
  • Local authority: Portsmouth City Council

Angel Waterside, Islington

  • Architect: Pollard Thomas Edwards Architects
  • Developer: City Wharf Development Co.
  • Local authority: London Borough of Islington

Cross St South, Wolverhampton

  • Architect: Cole Thompson Anders
  • Client: Bromford Housing Group
  • Contractor: E Manton Ltd
  • LA: Wolverhampton City Council

Granville New Homes, Brent

  • Architect: Levitt Bernstein Associates
  • Contractor: Higgins Construction PLC
  • LA: London Borough of Brent

Lime Tree Square, Somerset

  • Architect: Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
  • Client: Knightstone Housing Association
  • Developer: Crest Nicholson PLC
  • LA: Mendip District Council

Norfolk Park Green Homes, Sheffield

  • Architect: Matthew Lloyd Architects
  • Client: The Environment Trust / Places for People
  • Contractor: Wildgoose Construction Ltd
  • LA: Sheffield City Council

Trinity Watch, St Ives

  • Architect: Tyack Associates
  • Developer: Rosemullion Homes
  • LA: Cornwall Council
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