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Hanham Hall wins sustainability award

A development in the south of Gloucestershire, Hanham Hall, has won a prestigious prize, and this may have a wider impact on the housing sector.

At the What House? Awards, the structures won recognition for Best Exterior Design and Best Sustainable Development. The judges reportedly said the housing sector requires initiatives such as Hanham Hall to drive the sustainability agenda forward.

The project was realised by partnership working. The judges explicitly mentioned the use of timber on the front of the structures in question. If timber is used in more sustainable building schemes, then the popularity of woodblock flooring in Cheshire and other parts of the UK could well grow further.

The industry awards in question have been going for over three decades now and, in 2014, a record number of entries were received. This may mean that the influence of the awards is becoming more substantial over time.

The Hanham Hall development has combined commercial space and homes. These are surrounded by several acres of space. As for the Hanham Hall building itself, it has been listed.

The needs of the local community have been addressed in a variety of ways. An orchard and allotments have been created, while children can play on kick-around surfaces. Further, the Bath to Bristol railway path has been made accessible to residents.

Richard Gregory, of Barratt Homes, has said:

“We have worked with the Homes and Communities Agency and South Gloucestershire Council to create a development which sets new standards for sustainable living for the future and to win two golds at the What House? Awards is a tremendous achievement for everyone involved.”

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