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Abode also received the Graham Pye Award for the development which has the most responsive design to how we live. Horsted Park in Chatham, Kent also received a coveted Housing Design Award in the Completed Scheme category. This year's wins represent a milestone for Countryside, as the company has now received more Housing Design Awards than any other developer.
The highly-regarded awards, promoted by respected professional bodies including RIBA and RTPI and Government, has just two categories and competition amongst the many high quality entries is intense.
The award ceremony, presided by Housing Minister Kris Hopkins MP, took place on Tuesday, 15th July at the Saw Swee Hock Centre, London School of Economics. The 16 strong awards committee, chaired by Gareth Capner of RTPI had the unenviable challenge of choosing winners for both categories from a strong shortlist of developments across the country. Abode emerged as the Supreme winner. Both Abode and Horsted Park were designed in conjunction with Proctor & Matthews architects.
Graham Cherry, Chief Executive of Countryside comments: “This year's outstanding success at the Housing Design Awards recognises our undoubted ability as a place maker and encourages us to keep moving forward. We are also delighted to be the developer leading the field with the most wins at these influential awards. Throughout the planning and build stage of all our schemes, Countryside aims to create more than just homes; we want to create places of character and quality where people feel at home.”
Comprising a stylish mix of contemporary houses and apartments situated across three distinct zones, Abode is a modern take on traditional Cambridge architecture. The Great Court creates a dramatic entrance to the development, with two striking ‘marker’ buildings which reference the scale of Cambridge college gatehouses and feature decorative metal sheet cladding with perforated graphics.
Immediately behind the Great Court is The Urban Mews, a series of streets with three storey ‘saw tooth’ houses punctuated with perpendicular green corridors. Further back, the Green Lanes feature loose clusters of barn-style homes with private walled gardens. The properties are finished with black lap-boarding, reminiscent of traditional outbuildings.
Situated on the southern fringe of the city centre, Abode is part of Great Kneighton, where Countryside is creating over 2,250 new homes and a wide range of community facilities, including a proposed health centre, shops, library, community square, sports pitches and a public art programme.
Horsted Park occupies the site of the former Mid-Kent College and neighbours a Napoleonic Fort, providing a unique backdrop. The development is set in 6.5 acres of open space and parkland, surrounded by beautiful Kent countryside. Architecturally the properties are designed to reflect the rural vernacular of the Kent ‘farmsteads’ of the surrounding area, using materials such as textured brick panels, clay tiles and dark wooden boarding.
Properties currently available at Horsted Park start from £320,000 for a three-bedroom home and £370,000 for a four-bedroom house. For further information, contact the Marketing Suite on 01634 406 491.
Prices for homes at Abode range from £375,000 for a 2 bedroom house to £900,000 for a 6 bedroom house. For more information on Abode call 01223 846 650.
To view the Housing Desgin Award films for Abode and Horsted Park click here.
Prices correct at time of publication.