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Shortlisted for Building Excellence Award

Building excellence awards

We are proud to announce our Margaret Stancomb development has been selected as a regional winner of the 'New Housing – Best small social housing development' award at the People and Place Awards 2021.

Having won the regional award, the converted 19th-century former school building is shortlisted as a national finalist.

Paul Walsh, group development director said:

I am delighted that our development of homes at Margaret Stancomb won the regional award for best affordable housing of its size and is now in the national final. Our homes being recognised by LABC  for their build and design and our partnership working, which is really pleasing. This is the first regional win and national final so it feels special.

As the largest business to business awards in the UK building control sector, they recognise excellence in all types of building projects and individual contributions in the industry. 

The original school building was converted into three shared ownership houses, with another 18 homes built on the grounds of the site. These are a mixture of flats and houses for shared ownership and social rent.

I think the award and shortlisting for the final just shows Selwood Housing is about building local affordable homes. At the outset we knew how important retaining the heritage of the school building was and we’ve refurbished the derelict building, keeping its distinct features and creating a great long term use of affordable family homes.

With over 500 households in need of affordable rented housing in Trowbridge alone, this brownfield site provided the opportunity to deliver quality affordable homes in a fantastic central location. The twelve properties for social rent are now providing secure homes for people on a lower income, while the nine shared ownership properties have helped local families get on to the housing ladder.

All of the developments 21 homes are affordable to meet the local housing need, which we know is acute. I am delighted for our customers, the team and our partners at EG Carters and Quattro Architects. I’d also like to thank Homes England and Wiltshire Council for their support to make the project happen.

To find out more about this development, click here.

The awards will take place on Friday 28 January 2022.