Award-Winning Scheme in Bitteswell, Leicestershire

July 2, 2014 2:20 pm
brp architects attend the official opening ceremony

brp architects attend the official opening ceremony

Monday 30th June saw the official opening of brp architects’ first project for “The Powell and Welch Almshouse Charity” at Ullesthorpe Road, Bitteswell. A small scheme, comprising just two 1-bedroom flats, has been designed on an incredibly tight brownfield site on the outskirts of the village. Despite a series of challenging constraints, including close proximity to an existing sub-station, a high voltage cable cutting across the corner of the site, sloping ground conditions and the need to avoid any overlooking of adjacent residential properties, the development has been a huge success. Integrating well into its surrounding context and receiving widespread support from a variety of key stakeholders, as well as the local community, the scheme has been a positive addition to the village.

Beautiful rear gardens - Bitteswell, Leicestershire

Beautiful rear gardens – Bitteswell, Leicestershire

Providing high quality, bespoke, affordable accommodation for local people with strong connections with the village the two units have been designed to be fully compliant with the Lifetime Homes standards as well as achieving CSH Level 3, all contributing to justifying its status as being a truly sustainable scheme. The conscientious approach from all parties involved with delivering the project has resulted in the scheme receiving a ‘Highly Commended’ award from HRH The Prince of Wales, the Patron of The National Almshouse Association – all in all, not a bad result for the redevelopment of a site that was considered to be spatially and financially unviable less than two years ago!

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