North East not-for-profit housing provider Four Housing has been recognised on a national stage for an innovative development for the over 55s in Berwick, Northumberland.
The social landlord, which is responsible for 5,000 homes throughout North East England, was named a finalist in the Best Supported / Sheltered Housing award category at the Housing Excellence Awards for its work on The Elizabethan, a scheme comprising 16 two bed apartments designed with the needs of older people in mind. Four Housing made it to the final four in the hotly contested category from some 30 entries UK-wide.
The Elizabethan, which was previously named Social Housing Development of the Year Award at the Premier Guarantee Excellence Awards, incorporates attractive living space designed to HAPPI (Housing our Ageing Population: Panel for Innovation) principles that can be adapted over time to meet customer’s changing requirements, an architecturally striking design and exceptional quality build.
Philippa Hughes, Head of Business Development at Four Housing, said: “To be named a finalist at the Housing Excellence Awards, which recognises the very best developments from right across the UK was a real honour, particularly among such strong competition.
“We’re extremely proud of our work on The Elizabethan which offers flexible and attractively designed living space that is helping to address a housing need for older people in Berwick.”
The £2.5 million project, on the site of a former public house which had been unoccupied for a number of years, was developed by Four Housing, built by Gentoo Construction. The site has been transformed to create spacious and light ‘future-proof’ apartments for the over 55s featuring generous internal space standards as well as balconies and outdoor areas that avoid internal corridors and the institutional feel that is so often associated with accommodation for older people.
For more information about Four Housing, visit: http://www.fourhousing.co.uk/