- Development is now shortlisted as a finalist for overall national award
Radford Court, an affordable housing development project in Cheltenham, has won the title ‘Best Small Social Housing Development’ (West of England) in the Local Authority Building Control’s (LABC) Building Excellence Awards 2022.
The development will now go forward as a shortlisted finalist for the LABC’s overall national award, presented in January 2023.
The award-winning buildings at Radford Court - part of Cheltenham Borough Council’s £180m investment in quality homes and thriving communities – were delivered in partnership with Cheltenham Borough Homes (CBH) and local building contractor, E G Carter. There are now 27 affordable homes for social rent and shared ownership, where previously there were just three properties.
Radford Court in Princess Elizabeth Way, Cheltenham, is named after June Radford, a local woman who joined the Women’s Royal Naval Service in 1943 aged 19, and then volunteered for special duties with Bletchley Park. It’s a celebration of the town’s cyber heritage, the site’s proximity to GCHQ and of June’s remarkable career.
Commenting on the award, Councillor Victoria Atherstone, cabinet member for housing at Cheltenham Borough Council, said: “I’m delighted that our new build homes at Radford Court in Cheltenham has been recognised as such an outstanding development. It’s important we not only build much needed new affordable homes, we also build homes that residents love to live in. I think winning this award proves our ambition to build beautiful and desirable homes for Cheltenham residents too.
“I would like to extend my special thanks to Cheltenham Borough Homes (CBH) and our chosen developer EG Carter, for delivering these award winning homes for our town as part of the council’s wider £180m housing investment strategy.
“We’re continuing to build more affordable and desirable carbon net zero homes as part of our £180m housing investment strategy to help meet future housing needs for our thriving communities across multiple tenures, including private rented and through multiple opportunities including the Golden Valley project, and other land-led schemes and acquisitions – the bar has been set high!”
Steve Slater, chief executive at Cheltenham Borough Homes, adds: “This is a wonderful achievement for the team and I’m incredibly proud of everyone who played a part. Our ambition is always to deliver safe and secure homes for people and families, and we also work hard to support strong and vibrant communities. It’s really rewarding to have these homes - the result of that ambition - recognised for their excellence. Thank you to all those involved, and to LABC!”
Mark Harries, associate director at E G Carter, continued: “It was a pleasure working on this project and we’re thrilled it has received this award. We’re a long-standing, family-owned local business with social values at our core, so we always enjoy working with organisations that lead with a people-focussed approach. Radford Court is a great looking development, borne out of teamwork that delivers high quality homes and enhances the local community.”
Local Authority Building Control (LABC) represents all local authority building control teams in England and Wales. The awards focus on the very best in technical innovation and construction quality, helping to raise standards across the industry.
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