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Top national design award for local homes

The Prince Charles House development in St Austell was triumphant at the prestigious Housing Design Awards ceremony in London, the industry’s equivalent to the Oscars. The showcase project for the St Austell and China Clays Eco-community beat national competition to win the ‘HAPPI’ category, which is specifically for homes that improve the quality of life for the ageing population.

 

Iris Dabbs moved into Prince Charles House last summer shortly after its completion: “They really deserve this award. My family are very happy that I’m living in such a lovely place and that I’m so content and secure. They can’t believe how much room there is in my home and that it is so well equipped. It’s also very comfortable and I haven’t been cold once – not even during the winter. I just feel exceedingly thankful and privileged to be hopefully spending the rest of my days here.”

Anthony Bassett was Ocean’s Development Manager for the 31 eco apartments: “This is a fantastic achievement for Ocean and all our partners who helped us create such a unique and pioneering development right here in Cornwall.”

“Our dream was to build homes that could change people’s lives and that were kind to the environment. We’ve now turned this into a reality, with residents at Prince Charles House living in homes that are spacious, full of natural light, are energy efficient and easily adaptable to meet their changing needs. These are just some of the HAPPI standards which were incorporated into the design of the building and recognised by the Housing Design Award judges.”

Justin Bannister is Associate director at PRP Architects who designed the development: “I am delighted at the judges’ decision. We wanted to create a building that really challenged the myths and preconceptions of housing for older people and met Ocean’s aspirations to enhance the lives of everyone living there. This HAPPI award is a clear acknowledgement that we succeeded.”

Ocean’s Head of Development, Alan Green, was presented with the award at the ceremony in London. “This state of the art building is already influencing the design of Ocean’s new homes and will benefit future Eco-community projects. By sharing the knowledge gained from this project we can work together to provide homes that have a positive impact both on the well being of older people and the communities they live in.”

 

The eco development was made possible by a partnership with Cornwall Council and Ocean. It is one of the first projects linked to the St Austell and China Clay Eco-Communities Programme and was supported by grant funding from Cornwall Council, which was administered by the Homes and Communities Agency. Prince Charles House won the Sunday Times British Homes Awards 2012.

 

 

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