Places for People wins awards for house type and Edinburgh development
Places for People has been honoured with a series of awards for its Tornagrain Woodend house type and its 55 Degrees North development in Edinburgh.
The company scooped the top national housebuilder award for best design at the Housebuilder Awards which celebrates the very best in UK housebuilding.
Places for People has been also honoured with four awards at the UK’s prestigious WhatHouse? awards, known as the Oscars of the new homes industry, which celebrates the country’s best new homes and neighbourhoods.
Places for People’s approach to design was applauded by the judges, with the Wood End house type at Tornagrain beating off stiff competition from across the UK to take the Bronze award in the coveted “Best House” category.
The Wood End at Torngrain is located in the Highlands’ newest town just eight miles east of Inverness, a partnership with landowner Moray Estates.
Wood End is a three-bedroom house set within this unique landscape, where the architect Ben Pentreath has drawn inspiration from traditions of the Highlands and the rest of Scotland. The properties have been carefully planned to provide modern country living with high quality finishes. The environmental impact has also been considered, with the house well insulated and roof spaces pre-wired for connection to future solar panels
Places for People also secured awards for East Wick & Sweetwater at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park which secured Silver in the Best Partnership award with Balfour Beaty.
Brio Retirement Living’s Button House in Hackbridge also scooped Bronze for Best Retirement Development and the group was award Silver for Best House for their Millwood Designer home The Beddington house type in Kent.
Commenting on the results, Scott Black, Places for People’s Group executive director, said: “This is a tremendous achievement for the Group, especially amid the unprecedented challenges the industry has faced in 2020/2021.
“As a leading placemaker, we continue to deliver a range of quality affordable homes across the UK and we are delighted to be recognised for the design of our homes, partnership and delivery of retirement living alongside the calibre of entrants in these highly regarded awards.
“As a team, we are proud to play our part in delivering these communities, developments and homes. This is well-deserved recognition of the talents of everyone involved, who share our vision for building places where people will want to live.”
Demonstrating excellence in design for four storeys or more, 55 Degrees North secured the top prize beating off stiff competition from across the UK, with the judges applauding the approach to deliver this stunning waterfront development.
55 Degrees North, which is located in Granton, features a range of new homes which are designed to make the most of its stunning location, whilst prioritising high-quality design and meeting local buyers’ needs. The development also includes office and retail space as well as educational, cultural, leisure facilities and open space.
The range of townhouses, apartments and duplexes have been carefully positioned to maximise sunlight and views of the Firth of Forth estuary to the north, or the castle and city centre to the south. The interiors also embrace what’s outside with flexibility built in to ensure the homes can adapt to meet people’s changing lifestyles. Externally, a simple palette of materials gives the development a distinctive and contemporary appearance.
Willie Lockhart, regional managing director of Places for People in Scotland, added: “This is an outstanding achievement and one of the highest levels of recognition for the development.
“As a leading placemaker, we continue to deliver a range of quality affordable homes across the UK and we are delighted to be recognised for the design of our 55 Degrees North development, in these highly regarded awards.”