Housing schemes among Britain’s best buildings
Three affordable housing projects have made it onto the Royal Institute of British Architects’ list of Britain’s best buildings for 2012.
The Triangle in Swindon, Peabody Avenue in London, and Saxton in Leeds are among the 50 buildings winning awards from the organisation today.
The Triangle is a 42-home development for Haboakus – a joint venture between celebrity architect Kevin McCloud’s company Hab and housing group Greensquare. It was designed by Glen Howells Architects and built by Willmott Dixon.
The judges described it as ‘an exemplar for low-cost environmentally responsible social housing’.
Saxton, on The Avenue, Leeds, was a refurbishment project of two derelict council blocks. The architect was Union North, with Urban Splash as the client, and Urban Splash Build as contractor.
The existing structure, lifts and stairs were re-used, but internal modifications resulted in ‘light and cheerful’ apartments, and the outside of the building was clad to improve its appearance and energy efficiency.
The judges said: ‘Intensive consultation has led to a genuinely mixed-tenure scheme.’
The Peabody Avenue scheme in Pimlico, London, was designed for the housing association by architects Hamworth Tompkins and the contractor was Mansell.
The concept was to bring the principles behind Peabody’s iconic tenement blocks up to date. The judges said: ‘The new building displays the strength, resilience and confidence of the existing and is an exemplar of good housing and of place-making.’