Bestwood development makes national housing awards final

A brand new road of bungalows in Bestwood was the smallest development to make it to the finals of this year’s UK Housing Awards.

Geraldine Close in Bestwood was one of four developments in the first phase of Nottingham City Council and Nottingham City Homes’ Building a Better Nottingham scheme.

Built by Nottinghamshire construction firm, Robert Woodhead Ltd, the four properties are some of the first of more than 400 new affordable homes being built across the city in the next four years.

Formerly a disused garage site, Geraldine Close, has not only enhanced the aesthetic of the area dramatically, it has also helped to reduce anti-social behaviour and crime.

The development includes four semi-detached two bedroom bungalows, which have all been built to The Code for Sustainable Homes, Level 4.

Each property was designed and built using a fabric-first approach, ensuring the materials and build quality of the bungalows provide a high level of thermal efficiency. Energy-saving technologies, such as photo-voltaic panels and water-saving baths and toilet cisterns, are in place to offer sustainability and create homes that are cheaper to run. The properties also benefit from the installation of sprinkler systems, the first Nottingham social housing project to adopt this standard for bungalows.

Construction partners, Robert Woodhead ltd, developed an innovative Home-User Guide for all the different technologies and appliances in the new homes. This was produced for new tenants on a DVD and available through QR codes and YouTube, giving them chance to see exactly what they need to do with a range of elements within the property.

Alistair Taylor, Team Leader of Woodhead Living, the specialist sustainability team of Robert Woodhead Ltd, said:

“Being a finalist in the UK Housing Awards is a wonderful accolade for the whole team, and a testament to the high standards we set on all our sites.”

When searching for the name of the development, Nottingham City Homes appealed to local councillors and the surrounding community for suggestions. There was an overwhelming support to name the road after local community champion, Geraldine Sharp.

Gerry, as she was known to friends and family, was the driving force behind the Cherry Trees sheltered housing development, which is just around the corner from the new road.

Three generations of her family attended a special opening ceremony for the new development, and to officially unveil the Geraldine Close sign, in July last year.

Steve Hale, Director of Property Services at Nottingham City Homes, said:

“We’re delighted with the progress so far on the Building a Better Nottingham programme. Working closely with Nottingham City Council and Robert Woodhead, we are particularly proud to have completed phase one of the scheme so successfully.

“Being a finalist for this award is a credit to the whole team that made Geraldine Close such an excellent development. Being the smallest scheme to have made it to this stage of the competition is an outstanding achievement, one which our team can be very proud of.”

This is the second award the Building a Better Nottingham council house programme has received in recent months. In March, Bob Chadwick, Robert Woodhead’s Site Manager at the Henning Gardens development in Top Valley, won a Bronze Award for being in the top 7.5% highest performing sites in the national Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS). The project teams were also highly commended at this year’s CIOB Awards for their commitment to sustainability on the project.