Hull housing development wins top award
Published by Kelly Elliott for Keepmoat in Housing and also in Communities
The St Andrew’s Square development, in Hull, which won the Best Social or Affordable Housing Award at the 2012 LABC National Building Excellence Awards.
A scheme which has transformed an area of Hull by creating new homes and public spaces has received national recognition after scooping a top building award.
The regeneration of Woodcock Street led to the first new homes being built in the area for more than 25 years – with 106 already completed as part of a wider regeneration scheme which aims to provide 2,000 properties over the next ten years.
Now the St Andrew’s Square development, which has been built through a partnership between housing and regeneration company Keepmoat, Hull City Council and Places for People, has won the Best Social or Affordable Housing Award at the 2012 LABC National Building Excellence Awards.
The LABC represents Local Authority Building Control departments across England and Wales, with the organisation’s annual awards showcasing projects which represent the very best in innovation and creativity.
Mark Knight, Keepmoat New Build Managing Director, said: “The ongoing regeneration of Hull is extremely important to the local community, as well as everyone directly involved with the project, so to see St Andrew’s Square gain national recognition in this way is fantastic.
“This is just the first phase of the Woodcock Street redevelopment project so to receive such positive feedback at this early stage is wonderful and bodes very well for the coming years as the regeneration continues.”
Councillor John Black, Portfolio Holder for Strategic and Operational Housing at Hull City Council, said: “This national building excellence award again shines the spotlight on how the housing renewal work in the city is transforming the area with the building of quality housing.
“We are really pleased that the St Andrew’s Square development has been awarded the Best Social or Affordable Housing at the 2012 LABC National Building Excellence Awards which adds to its other accolades making it a truly award-winning area.
“As well as the excellent design, the work showcases the strength of the partnership work in developing the area, working with residents to transform the neighbourhood into somewhere they are proud to live.”
Following the decline of the fishing industry in Hull, Woodcock Street experienced a major decline, with much of the housing in the area becoming empty or abandoned.
The St Andrew’s Square development is part of a £400 million regeneration scheme, which as well as providing new homes will also see much needed improvements made to more than 3,000 existing properties. Parks and green areas will also be revitalised and historic features restored.
The development of St Andrew’s Square includes 106 new mixed tenure homes; all built to a high quality with many sustainable features, as well as the creation of a new public square, and has been instrumental in driving forward renewal.
Over the next 10 to 15 years more new properties will be built, along with a network of greener streets, parks and open spaces, with a new secondary school also proposed.