Gloucester-based developer Newland Homes has been shortlisted for the prestigious LABC Building Excellence Awards 2016.
Two of Newland Homes’ developments have been shortlisted for the West of England finals as Best New Housing Development Award, Strawberry Fields in Cam and Newark Barns in Hempsted, Gloucester.
The category recognises excellence in external appearance and internal planning, layout and landscaping, overcoming site constraints and attention to safety, security and accessibility.
Strawberry Fields has been shortlisted for its energy efficiency and excellent working relationships with local residents and the neighbouring school.
The development of 18 homes all have exceptionally low running costs for heating, lighting and hot water of as little as £300 per year.
Due to the proximity of the local school, Cam Woodfield Junior School, special provision had to be made for construction traffic, access and connections to the sewerage systems. Newland Homes used this opportunity to work closely with the school to teach the children about health and safety and careers in construction, as well as presenting the school with a goodwill gesture culminating in them purchasing 30 tablet computers to help their pupils in the classroom.
Newark Barns in Hempsted, Gloucester, is a select development of eight homes on a former farmstead. Newland Homes’ creative yet sympathetic transformation of the redundant farm buildings into modern family homes stood this entry out from others.
Of particular note was the home built from The Granary. Built to the same size, height and footprint of the barn which stood there previously, reclaimed bricks were used, inspected and cleaned before re-use. However, due to the age of the bricks they were different sizes to modern bricks and so engineering around all room heights, as well as doors and windows, had to be adapted for the difference between imperial and metric bricks.
Reclaimed brick and stone was also used across the site for screen walling and pathways to all the houses.
Chris Parker, Marketing Manager for Newland Homes, said:
“Newland Homes has an excellent track record at the LABC Awards in this region and we’re hoping to continue our success this year.”
“Paying real attention to the finer details, whether that may be through reusing traditional materials or making sure the whole community benefits through construction, is what makes a Newland Home so special. All of our homes are truly based upon our core values of ‘considerate, conscientious and crafted’ and that’s what sets us ahead of the rest.”
For more information on Newland Homes, visit www.newlandhomes.co.uk.