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Local Housing Development Scores a Hat Trick of National Awards

Prince Charles House was victorious at the prestigious Sustainable Housing Awards, winning its third national award at the ceremony held in London. The showcase project for the St Austell and China Clays Eco-community beat stiff competition from more than 100 entrants around the country scooping the Sustainable New Large Housing Project of the Year title.

These awards recognize and showcase the best of the best environmentally friendly projects from across the country and Ocean Housing’s Head of Development, Alan Green was immensely proud to collect the award at the ceremony:

“This is a fantastic award for Prince Charles House to win especially as it’s the demonstrator project for the Cornwall’s Eco-community.”

Ocean Housing’s Project Officer, Terence Bourton has been monitoring the building’s environmental performance since it was completed in April 2012. “This monitoring will help us to understand the full capabilities and importance of an eco-friendly building on the environment and well as resident’s utility bills. Over a 12 month period the design and technologies allowed for the apartments to consume 54% less electricity and 72% less gas then other households in England (DECC,2011).”

The learning gained from this state of the art building is already influencing Ocean’s new homes and will benefit future Eco-community projects as explained by Alan Green: “By sharing knowledge gained from this project we can work together to provide homes that have a positive impact both on the well being or older people and the communities they live in.”

Prince Charles House has previously won the Sunday Times British Homes Awards 2012 Age-Restricted Development category and Housing Design Awards 2013 ‘HAPPI’ category.

Anthony Bassett was Ocean’s Development Manager for the 31 eco apartments: ‘Each of the national awards that we have won are for different aspects of the project which really does show not only the variety of elements that make up this one development but that we are at the forefront for each category. That is what makes this award special as is a testament to the quality of the project team and partners who made it happen.”

This 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 Clays Eco-communities Programme and was supported by grant funding from Cornwall Council, which was administered by the Homes and Communities Agency.

 

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