Council's housing developments in Hatfield win prestigious national award

Our affordable housing developments in Lilac Close and Lime Tree Court, Hatfield saw off entries from across England and Wales to win at the LABC Building Excellence Awards Grand Finals.

LABC Awards

The council-owned schemes took the national award for Best High Volume New Housing Development at a ceremony in London.

The prestigious awards celebrate achievement in the construction industry, rewarding innovative design, creative solutions and quality construction. The winners were chosen by a panel of construction industry experts.

Councillor Nick Pace, Executive Member for Housing and Community, said:

We're absolutely delighted to have won this award because the LABC look at the quality of the finished buildings and the skills that have gone into designing and constructing them.

This is a fantastic endorsement of our Affordable Housing Programme which has so far provided over 300 high-quality new homes for local people.

The panel of expert judges said:

This new development by the local council has transformed a run-down area that attracted anti-social behaviour by providing good quality, affordable homes that are badly needed locally.

The development comprises a mix of apartments and family homes built to contrasting contemporary designs which clearly enhance the area and will help set the bar for the future.

The Lime Tree Court scheme of 22 flats was built in partnership with Mears New Homes on a former disused garage site, which had been blighted by anti-social behaviour and fly-tipping.

Designed by architects Rock Townsend, the spacious new homes gave special attention to energy efficiency and meet the Police Secure by Design standards. The flats were also constructed to meet the Lifetime Homes Standard, meaning they can be easily adapted at minimal cost if a tenant's needs change.

Seven homes in Lilac Close, also in Hatfield, were the first new rented council built and owned properties to be completed as part of the council's Affordable Housing Programme.

 The two-bedroom homes have provided much-needed smaller family-sized affordable accommodation for social rent and were designed to enable independent and adaptable living by including features such as space for a through floor lift and a route for a tracking hoist should there be a need in the future.