Case studies

Read more about award-winning schemes and the best of international housing design.  See who won Building for Life Awards in 2009.

2006 Winners

  • Abbotts Wharf

    Abbotts Wharf

    Tower Hamlets, London

    Hailed by the judges as a "pioneering development from a socially conscious developer", Abbotts Wharf has brought new life to a drab brownfield site.

  • Accordia



    This exceptional residential scheme close to the centre of Cambridge has been fitted densely into a site which formerly housed government offices and prefabricated WWII buildings.

  • Angell Town

    Angell Town

    Brixton, London

    This entirely social housing scheme is a radical redevelopment of a Lambeth Council 'groundscraper' 4 and 5 storey estate finished in 1978, which from its inception had serious problems of crime and unsociability.

  • Gun Wharf

    Gun Wharf


    The Cannon and Cornwall Street housing project at Gun Wharf, Plymouth has fulfilled the need to replace a run down post-war estate with a mixed occupancy development that reflects the current needs of the area. The mixed-use units vary from 1-bedroom flats to 3-4 bedroom town houses, and sit on a stepped terrace overlooking the river Tamar.

  • Mealhouse Brow

    Mealhouse Brow


    Part of Northern Counties Housing Association’s regeneration of Stockport town centre, Mealhouse Brow has created new homes and shops while conserving the area's rich history. Designed by TADW Architects.

  • New River Village

    New River Village


    The regeneration of the Thames Water pump station site has been considered since the late 1990s when an application was turned down for 200 cul-de-sac units. A new proposal by developer St James Homes and architects Stock Woolstencroft has fulfilled the requirement for a high-density scheme with a high quality contemporary design.

  • Pepys Estate

    Pepys Estate

    Deptford, London

    Occupying a historic Thames side site close to a number of Grade II listed buildings, this project represents the first two phases of a staged replacement of several blocks of 1960s and early 1970s corridor access council flats.

  • Selwyn Street

    Selwyn Street


    This first development under the Oldham Rochdale Housing Market Renewal Pathfinder is also the first Building for Life Gold Standard winner in the North West region.