Planning & Placemaking Awards countdown: the best housing-led placemaking schemes (500 homes or fewer)

Ahead of this month's Planning & Placemaking Awards ceremony, we highlight the shortlisted entries in the best 500 homes or fewer housing scheme category of the Placemaking Awards.

Fairmile Hospital (pic: JTP)
Fairmile Hospital (pic: JTP)

Fairmile Hospital, Cholsey (submitted by JTP)

Thirteen years after the closure of the Victorian Fairmile Hospital in South Oxfordshire, a redevelopment of its grade II listed buildings and grounds was completed this year, creating 334 sustainable new homes. Thirty per cent of the homes are affordable, offering shared ownership and social renting options. The development also includes extensive community facilities, from allotments, play areas and a children's nursery, to a cricket pitch, bowling green and tennis courts.

Little Kelham (Citu Developments)

This development of 157 one to four-bedroomed low carbon homes in Kelham Island, Sheffield, is built on a brownfield site occupied by two former factories. The triple-glazed homes are designed to need only minimal heating beyond the passive heat given off by occupants and domestic appliances. The historic factory buildings are being converted to retail, office and creative space.

Marine Plaza (Stockwool)

The Marine Plaza development creates 282 new homes and almost 3000 square metres of commercial space, occupying the largely derelict site of a former play area and temporary car park on the seafront at Southend-on-Sea. Over 30 per cent of the homes will be affordable and the commercial space has been designed for retail, leisure and other uses to boost the local economy and create jobs.

Roussillon Park, Chichester (Places for People)

Roussillon Park creates 252 low carbon homes, 40 per cent of them affordable, on part of the former Roussillon Barracks site in Chichester. Military buildings from the 60s and 70s have been replaced with a mixed range of one to four-bedroomed homes set around garden squares, within a network of wide streets set around garden squares. The street layouts are designed to calm traffic and re bordered by pedestrian and cycle routes. Stored rainwater from the roofs are used to operate WCs and outside taps.

Vaudeville Court, Islington (Levitt Bernstein)

This small inner city development in Islington, London provides 15 sustainably designed homes for social renting - including both single and two-storey apartments - within a tight space between an end terrace and a tower block. The design sets out to maximise living, storage and outside spaces for each home and incorporates allotments, courtyards, communal gardens, garden rooms, balconies, trellises and planted roofs.

The Planning and Placemaking Awards, London, 23 June 6.30-9.30pm: why attend?

This year the Planning and Placemaking Awards will be presented at a joint ceremony at Savoy Place in the heart of London on 23 June. The event will bring together a mix of leading public and private sector built environment professionals, offering networking and learning opportunities throughout the evening. It will showcase the projects, plans and people behind the most outstanding planning and placemaking work across the UK.

Details of how to obtain tickets can be found here.

Details of the full Placemaking Awards shortlist can be found here.

Details of the full Planning Awards shortlist can be found here.


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