Bristol City Council housing development wins prestigious award: New council housing at Suffolk Close

24 Jul 2018

Housing and Planning

Bristol City Council housing development wins prestigious award

A Bristol City Council housing development has won a prestigious building award and been recognised for its quality design and construction and clever use of the site to produce a good quality housing development.

Suffolk Close in Brentry picked up the Best Social or Affordable New Housing Development at the Local Authority Building Control (LABC) Building Excellence Awards 2018. Two other sites, Challender Court in Henbury and Deansmead Court in Lawrence Weston were also finalists in this category.

Both Challender Court and Suffolk Close were also nominated in the Best Small New Housing Development Category.

The LABC awards celebrate technical design and construction, recognising authorities that are excellent at creating well-built, well designed, high preforming buildings.

The development at Suffolk Close was built on a former garage site which was cleared and developed to provide three two-bedroom bungalows with private rear gardens, off street parking and landscaped communal areas at the front.

The homes were designed to meet the Passivhaus building standards which aims to reduce energy usage, during construction and once occupied, by adopting a “fabric first” approach that provides excellent thermal insulation.

This will result in extremely energy efficient properties which will see household utility bills dramatically reduced.

The houses are part of the council’s New Build Housing Programme which began in 2014, regenerating brownfield sites, to provide new high quality homes across the city. The council has completed 81 new homes to date since the start of this programme.

Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, said: “I am really pleased to see that we have been recognised for our innovative use of small sites to provide sustainable, affordable housing.

“Although there is pressure to build a large quantity of housing in the city, all our council homes are built to high standards, making the best use of land we have available.

“I would like to thank Cllr Paul Smith and our housing team, along with the contractors and architects, for helping accelerate the delivery of much needed, good quality housing for the city.”

The Mayor has set out the commitment of building 2,000 new homes – 800 affordable – a year by 2020. As part of this commitment, the council is not just looking at numbers, but also at the quality of housing and communities created.

As part of the new build programme four sites are under construction, which will provide a further 64 new homes. The council has also obtained consent for a mixed tenure development of 133 new homes at Ashton Vale, 53 of which will be council homes.

All of the sites that form part of Bristol City Council’s new build housing scheme make use of land owned by the Housing Department, with a particular focus on derelict, brownfield sites that can be brought back into use such as former garages and council depots.

In addition to this current work, the delivery team are also about to start work on Phase 4 of the programme, which will see a further eleven sites brought forward, ready for construction between 2019-21 to allow the rolling programme to continue and support the Mayor’s commitment to housing.

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