Events & awards


National Housing Awards 7 September, London

RESI Conference 13 – 15 September, Newport

Health & Housing 14 – 15 September, Belfast

NHF Annual Conference & Housing Exhibition 19 – 20 September, Birmingham

British Homes Awards 21 September, London

UK Construction Week 10 – 12 October, Birmingham

Build Show 10 – 12 October, Birmingham

24housing Awards 12 October, Coventry

London Build Expo 25 – 26 October, London

RCI Show 1 – 2 November, Coventry

Women in Housing Conference 2 November, Manchester

Women in Housing Awards 2 November, Manchester

WhatHouse? Awards 17 November, London

Homes 22 – 23 November, London

Enterprising first project for veterans

Work is underway to transform a former army barracks into the UK’s first housing and enterprise project for service veterans. The multi-million pound development, at the former Erskine Barracks near Salisbury, will see Our Enterprise work alongside Redrow homes to establish the first purpose built community based campus for services veterans, creating new homes and an enterprise hub. Plans were approved by Wiltshire Council in 2016 for 292 family properties to be built by Redrow and 44 one and two bedroom flats for former service personnel to be developed by Our Enterprise for Our Wilton Trust.

The flats will be available to rent by veterans for between six to 24 months, and during that time they’ll receive business and skills training at the enterprise hub. The project will provide a range of jobs for veterans, who will be running the onsite community cafe and their own ground maintenance enterprise, alongside a range of volunteering, training and education opportunities to support their “move to independence.” A former field base for the US Army

during World War II, Erskine Barracks was named after British war hero General Sir George Erskine. It was a major military base for UK forces right up until 2010, when troops were relocated elsewhere. The abandoned site became available for housing development in 2010, but community leaders were keen for the area’s military heritage to be respected. Receiving considerable support, the project was granted £3.5m from the Libor Fund and £500,000 from the Armed Forces Covenant. Matthew Bell, CEO of Our Enterprise, commented on the project: “I believe we have come up with a scheme which will


reinvigorate this community and transform many lives for the better.

“Hopefully it will be a blueprint for future developments across the UK, and help open doors for our returning service personnel.” Work is now underway on the site, with the first veterans due to move in mid 2018.

Norwich eco scheme wins top planning accolade

Carrowbreck Meadow, a development of 14 eco-homes which is the largest of its kind in Greater Norwich, has won a national planning award.

The scheme took the top prize in the ‘Excellence in Planning to Deliver Housing’ category at the Royal Town Planning Institute’s (RTPI) Awards for Planning Excellence 2017, held at a ceremony in London.

Carrowbreck Meadow is a development of 14 Passivhaus homes in a woodland setting. The scheme is said to have set new benchmarks for sustainable development, not only meeting the demanding requirements of full Passivhaus certification, but also providing 43 per cent of the site as affordable homes, an “over-provision” of 10 per cent. The positioning of the homes maximises access to solar energy in winter, while preventing overheating in summer. Their thermal bridge and draught-free building envelope is said to exceed regulations for airtightness five times over. Fresh filtered air is provided to the homes by a heat recovery system, capable of achieving over 90 per cent efficiencies. All homes have electric car sharing points, rainwater butts and connection points for photovoltaic installation. Nick Raynsford, former planning and housing minister and chair of the judging panel, was impressed with the “innovative and proactive approach taken,” and the “excellent use of publicly-owned land.” He continued: “With over 40 per cent of

affordable housing on the site, it is a great example of how innovation, quality and affordable housing can be delivered hand in hand.”

Running for over 40 years, the RTPI

Awards for Planning Excellence celebrate exceptional examples of planning and the contribution planners make to society.

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