Enter the 2010 Building for Life awards
24 March 2010
Entries are open for the Building for Life awards which each year celebrate the best new homes and neighbourhoods in England.
The 2009 awards showed that around the country housebuilders are getting to grips with design and creating the kind of places where people want to live.
Two of last year’s winners received the highest scores given to new housing developments since the Building for Life initiative began in 2002. Icon – Lime Tree Square in Street, Somerset, a development of 138 homes, redefines the idea of the square and the street to create a distinct sense of community.
And at Cross Street South in Wolverhampton, a development of 30 affordable homes proves that a run-down urban environment does not need to stifle style and ambition.
Wayne Hemingway, chair of Building for Life, said that it was pushing developers, architects and planners to think much harder about what makes a good home, about what people want, wherever they are.
Last year’s awards raised expectations for even better this year, so I’m looking forward to seeing more outstanding schemes – and more evidence that housing quality is on the rise.
Building for Life is about good homes and good neighbourhoods – it does not demand bespoke or contemporary designs. High-quality standard house types, laid out well, with access to what people need for convenient and comfortable lives, will fit the bill.
The awards are organised by CABE and the Home Builders Federation (HBF). Stewart Baseley, HBF Executive Chairman, said that the awards clearly demonstrate the progress developers continue to make with regard to design. ‘I would encourage them to put forward their new developments for consideration.’
All entries are formally assessed by some of Britain’s leading housing experts using the Building for Life criteria and the winners will receive their awards at a prestigious event later in the year.
Find out more information and how to enter. The deadline for entries is Friday 28 May 2010.