Oakfield, Swindon shortlisted for coveted Pineapple award

Oakfield, Swindon shortlisted for coveted Pineapple award

Nationwide’s Oakfield housing project in the market town of Swindon, Wiltshire, has been shortlisted in the Future Place category of The Pineapples.

Taking its name from the fruit which symbolises ‘welcoming’ in architecture, The Pineapples are unique built environment awards , conceived and delivered by team behind The Developer magazine, to celebrate the UK’s best mixed-use and public realm projects.

The Future Place category is reserved for projects which are at the planning stages and have not yet been delivered.

Appointed by Nationwide, the world’s largest building society which is based in the town, igloo is supporting the delivery of the project as development manager.

Working with the local community and Swindon Borough Council, the project aims to deliver 239 high-quality homes, 30 per cent of which will be affordable on land previously used by the University of Bath. The site has been vacant for over a decade.

Along with contributing new homes to help meet local demand, the project has been designed with meaningful input form the local community in a genuine effort to nurture a sense of community and neighbourliness.

John Long, development director at igloo, commented: ”This project is going to set a new standard in responsible place making. We have taken time to consider the best approach for the community who are playing a huge part in making the project a success. The award short listing is an early indication of the impact we are creating in Swindon which we are hopeful will be rolled out nationally. We’re looking forward to experiencing the Festival of Place this year and mixing with others using their imagination to transform housing delivery in the UK”.

The project is designed to become an exemplar which other like-minded, responsible developers could follow. Elements of this include: thoughtful design, robust specification, a transparent sales and letting process, and a well-managed estate run by residents.

With a planning application submitted, the Oakfield development consists of a mix of homes ranging from 1-bedrrom apartments to 4-bedroom family homes and is designed to have wide appeal regardless of tenure type, age or family situation.

There’s an emphasis on public open space with a new park included in the proposals to provide the local community with an area to exercise and relax.

Nationwide has embarked on this project as a result of direction from its 15 million members.

Project architects are Metropolitan Workshop and PRP while landscape architects are Landscape Use Consultants.