Doncaster housing project up for international design award

This housing scheme in Askern has been nominated for a top award.
This housing scheme in Askern has been nominated for a top award.

A development of new council housing in Doncaster has been shortlisted for an international award for its architecture.

The scheme at Marlborough Avenue in Askern is up for the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technology (CIAT) award.

Previous winners include Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi, a stunning garden at an internal exhibition in Hong Kong and last year’s champion, a brand new unit of James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough.

The housing development was previously used for sheltered accommodation but it has recently been transformed into attractive council housing.

It was completed in June and families are already living in the new houses, with the architecture designed to fit in seamlessly with the local area.

The development was designed by Doncaster Council’s construction services design team and is managed by St Leger Homes.

Councillor John McHale, Doncaster Council’s cabinet member for housing, said: “This is a really excellent project that looks fantastic as well as delivering high-quality housing for local people.

“I’m really pleased that the great architecture of the scheme has been recognised with this nomination, and it is especially great that a lot of residents have already moved in and are making the most of their new homes.”

Susan Jordan, chief executive of St. Leger Homes, added: “It is really good news that the design of this housing development has been recognised on an international scale.

“These modern designs are offering a number of benefits for our tenants and are helping to provide healthier, attractive neighbourhoods.”

The carefully thought out designs include floor to ceiling glazing to maximise daylight gain in all rooms to increase tenant wellbeing and increased floor to ceiling height for the same reason.

Meanwhile, solar tubes hidden within the chimney cowls provide natural daylight to the head of the stairs.

Downstairs toilets are designed to be easily converted into level access shower rooms should the needs of the occupants change, avoiding the need to move home.

There is also private off street parking and bin stores to improve the street scene.

The project was delivered in partnership with Faithful & Gould, Keepmoat and Brewster Bye Architects.

It is one of six finalists in the Excellence in Architectural Technology Awards. The others include an industrial depot, a school and college building.

The winners will be announced at the ‘50th Anniversary Celebratory Luncheon’ at The Savoy Hotel in London on Friday, September 25.

The top three in each category will get a cast plaque and certificate. In addition first place will get a £1500 cash prize, second receives £750 and third place will get £550.