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St Nicholas' Church shortlisted in Top 60 Developments

2016 - August, Latest news

Inside Housing is showcasing the best 60 developments of the last year and asra Housing Group’s St Nicholas Church development has been nominated in the Joint Venture Development category.

Inside Housing has launched this new award to find the Top 60 developments built by the housing sector and to celebrate the contribution the sector is making to meet the UK’s housing need.

asra has reached the shortlist after transforming a church owned site in Bethlehem Close, London, into an affordable housing development with a new church hall, community space and vicarage.

For more than 15 years the London Diocese & Perivale Parish Church Council (PCC), in West London, had been looking at ways to viably replace St Nicholas Church, its community hall and vicarage.

Then in 2013, a partnership was struck between the Church, Ealing Council and asra working with Life Space Developments as the architect and construction company.

The development provides 17 much-needed affordable high-quality homes alongside the new church and vicarage including four houses for shared ownership and three for rent.

A further 10 flats, providing a mix of shared ownership and rented accommodation, are being built above the two-storey church, which has been awarded a BREEAM Excellent environmental assessment rating. BREEAM stands for Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology.

The award replaces and improves on the formula of the successful Top 50, which for the last two of years has highlighted 50 of the best affordable housing developments.

A panel of top judges will identify the Top 60 best developments the sector has to offer, in 10 categories:

  • Innovative development (construction)
  • Sustainable development
  • Best designed development
  • Regeneration scheme
  • Affordable housing development
  • Extra care development
  • Non grant funded development
  • Joint venture development
  • Private rented sector development
  • Market sale development Inside Housing Editor

Emma Maier, said: "We’re building on our 2014 Top 50 Developments, expanding this popular project into a full awards scheme. We will recognise the prestigious Top 60 developments of the past year, and we’ll also highlight 10 developments that excel in each of our category areas, from innovation to sustainable development to non-grant funded development."

The judges will whittle down the entries to a shortlist of six for each category, and choose the winning entry for that category. Emma Maier will then select an overall winner from each of the categories.

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