Crown Simmons Housing’s development, Castlemaine Court in Byfleet, Woking, has been named one of the Top 60 Developments for 2015 by Inside Housing magazine.
The stunning development has been shortlisted as one of the Best Designed Developments in the UK. Designed by Archadia Architects and built by William Lacey Group, the development consists of 16 homes for social rent, offered to families and single people on Woking’s housing waiting list.
Paul Yates, Chief Executive of Crown Simmons Housing said of the award, “It’s fantastic that Castlemaine Court has been recognised as one of the best designed new developments of the year.
I know that all of our tenants are really pleased with their new homes and each time I visit it seems that the design is working well. The external walkways and communal gardens give a real feeling of space and light.
It was a challenging development to complete but the outcome is well worth the hard work that was put in to create such a great place to live.”
Emma Maier, editor of Inside Housing, said: “Across the UK there is a crisis in the supply of quality, affordable homes. We launched the Top 60 Developments this year to reward those who are excelling in providing much-needed homes.
We were inundated with entries from the leading organisations who have been behind the most innovative and impressive projects in the UK.
It is a brilliant achievement for Crown Simmons’ Castlemaine Court to make it into the Top 60 in the face of such fierce competition.”
Residents Jagita and Jasbir, and their son, Ranvir, had spent two-and-a-half years in temporary accommodation, sharing a bedroom in a house where they shared the kitchen and bathroom with other families.
“It was horrible,” Jagita says, “the only word there is to describe it: horrible.” When the family viewed the flat at Castlemaine Court, their first thought was, “WOW!” – they wanted to move in straight away.
Shortly before they moved in to their new home, their daughter, Priya, was born. Now that they have a safe, secure home, the family are, “definitely happy,” saying of their new neighbours that, “everyone’s very friendly”.