Date: 3rd May
It’s not just crows that find themselves in the running for shiny things – Harbour Housing is in line for something sparkly too!
We’re delighted to announce that we have been shortlisted for a prestigious construction award – the Residential Property of the Year at the Constructing Excellence South West award for our project transforming our Little Cosgarne property into an accessible unit for homeless individuals who have been discharged from hospital or have additional needs such as mobility issues.
We’re shortlisted for the award along with one of our partners on the project, Taylor Lewis, and we’re up against some stiff competition, meaning there’s a real David versus Goliath element to this.
Left between us and this award are two hurdles – later this week, we will be giving a short presentation alongside Taylor Lewis to a panel of judges then later this year, in September we’ll be in attendance at the ceremony in Bristol to find out if we’ve won!
Bianca Guilherme, our Building Services Engineer said: “I’m absolutely delighted that we’ve been shortlisted for this project alongside Taylor Lewis, who along with a number of valuable partners helped us to deliver this project during a really challenging time with the impact of coronavirus looming large over everything we did. The fact we’ve even been shortlisted is a tribute to a work of everyone involved, not least our own building team who worked long days and nights to ensure it could be opened as soon as possible in order so we could play our part in alleviating homelessness this winter!
“Win or lose, the fact we’ve been shortlisted alongside a number of high value projects is in itself a demonstration of what a remarkable achievement Little Cosgarne was from beginning to end!”
Acorn Developments, AH Construction Solution – The Liner: Coastal flats ranging from £325,000 to £1.6 million.
Red Earth Developments, Grainge Architects, Devon Contractors, QSPM Consultants, PCA Consulting Engineers, Hulley & Kirkwood – The Yealm: 15 flats with prices ranging from £600,000 to £2.5 million.
Kier/Exeter City Council – Extra Care Development: A £9.8 million development of a 52 bed care home, built to the pioneering ‘passivhaus’ construction standard which maintains a constant temperature to reduce energy usage by 90%.
Lovell Construction – Service Family Accommodation, Salisbury Plain: A £200m project overseeing the creation of 917 service family accommodation properties at Salisbury Plain Training Area, working with partners Defence Infrastructure Organisation, Tetra Tech, Wiltshire Council and Southern Construction framework.
Mid Devon District Council – Zed Pods: A £3m zero carbon project to install a number of ‘Zed Pod’ modular built flats in Cullompton with each flat costing £65,000.
Ward Williams – Admiralty House: Part of a redevelopment of the Mount Wise area of Plymouth. The former military headquarters is being redeveloped into a 450 home community, offices and retail integrated around existing historic buildings with a cricket pitch at its centre. A £30m development over five years, it is likely that each property will cost in excess of £400,000 each.
A Bear Ball Architects – Danesfort – A ultra low carbon development of two homes in Swindon, each with 2,600sqm floor space spread over four floors.
Little Cosgarne is a project that was delivered thanks to funding and support from the Homelessness Winter Transformation Found from the Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC), Housing Justice and Homeless Link and the refurbishment was delivered by our in-house team of builders and a range of external providers.
It allowed us to refurbish and reopen an existing property, Little Cosgarne and the property was thoughtfully redeveloped by our in-house team with accessibility adaptations embedded at the core of the building’s fabric. This includes adaptations in the design to promote accessibility and inclusion, which includes making it suitable for wheelchair users, individuals with limited mobility and people with sight and hearing impairments.
The building is primarily designed for people who are medically fit to leave hospital but due to facing homelessness cannot be safely discharged. Ordinarily, this would mean they might face a significant additional period of time in hospital blocking a bed which could be used for another individual – meaning this project also helps alleviate the capacity shortages experienced in the NHS.
During a residents stay here, usually up to twelve weeks, they are offered a number of specialist services which help them to address their support needs and find suitable move-on accommodation. An external provider provides care packages for those living at Little Cosgarne.
To find out more about our Little Cosgarne project, click here.