igloo brings home accolades at the 2016 Housing Design Awards

igloo brings home accolades at the 2016 Housing Design Awards

Two outstanding igloo projects have been recognised as winners at this year’s Housing Design Awards, with a further three shortlisted as finalists. The Malings, Ouseburn scooped the Supreme Award, whilst Heartlands, Cornwall picked up the Project Winner 2016 Custom Build Award.

The awards, which were relaunched by PM Harold Macmillan in 1960, are backed by four government departments and agencies (Department for Communities and Local Government, Department for Health, Homes and Communities Agency and Greater London Authority) in partnership with the industry’s leading professional bodies – RICS, RTPI and Landscape Institute, as well as the consumer standards champion NHBC and the Home Builders Federation. Design is represented by RIBA, Design Council CABE and Design for Homes.

The Malings is a unique Tyneside housing scheme, combining traditional community values with modern sustainability. This is the latest award for the £14m private residential scheme by Carillion igloo Ltd, which was previously named Project Winner at the 2013 awards.

The Malings beat competition from across the country to take first prize, with finalists including major schemes in London, Hampshire, Birmingham and Bath. The project is now being held up as an example of best practice, having fulfilled the major criteria for the awards; “to explain what residents think about innovative design and whether it can be replicated.”

Heartlands in Cornwall, is being developed by Carillion igloo in partnership with the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and Coastline Housing. The project is part of a long term regeneration programme for the area’s industrial mining past and is the UK’s largest private sector custom build site. The judges comments referred to ‘real flexibility’ for individuals to design their own home. As a pioneering scheme with complex challenges, the viability and certainty for delivery has been driven by committed partners. The scheme is now on site and infrastructure works have recently commenced.

Peter Connolly, chief executive at igloo, said of the award wins: “These award successes are testament to the amazing work and passion that has been injected into these projects. Both are very different, The Malings is a true example of quality design with a heart and a conscience, while Heartlands is a pilot scheme for custom build, which is a model based on international best practice.

“Both projects illustrate our diversity and also our passion for creating unique places that connect with their surroundings and with the communities that live in them.”

The five igloo projects shortlisted were: Heartlands, Cornwall (for Carillion igloo); The Ironworks, Leeds (for Aviva); Kipling Garages, London (for CBS Leathermarket); The Malings, Newcastle (for Carillion igloo); and Somerleyton Road, London (for Lambeth Borough Council).