Two affordable housing schemes and an ambitious project to create a smarter, more sustainable working environment for Leeds City Council (LCC) have all been shortlisted in the Yorkshire and Humber RICS Awards 2019.
Broadlea Street, an innovative new development of 24 family homes for social rent, is shortlisted for the Design through Innovation Award. Each home features high levels of insulation, helping to reduce tenants energy bills and tackle fuel poverty. Sustainable design features include photo voltaic roof panels and car charging points.
A second housing development of 36 dwellings, The Garnets, has also been shortlisted in the Community Benefit category and the Residential category. Triple glazing, high levels of insulation, smart meters and mechanical ventilation heat recovery systems were used in all of the homes to reduce costs, and flexible floorplans were adopted to ensure they can be adapted in future to suit the needs to disabled or elderly residents. Green space planning contributions were invested into the play park opposite the new homes, benefiting tenants and the wider community.
For both housing schemes, NPS Leeds provided architectural design (RIBA 1-3), technical advice, landscape architecture, CDM, project management and NEC Supervisor services. The projects form part of LCC’s House Growth Programme to deliver 1,000 new homes. They are let at 80% market rate and are allocated to those with a residence or family association to the local area.
St George House, shortlisted in the Commercial category, is part of the Council’s Changing the Workplace initiative to save capital costs, and improve their business performance through new ways of working and reducing their number of offices. NPS Leeds was commissioned to design and manage the remodelling, refurbishment and Complete Category B fit out of this outdated, 1980s office accommodation. The brief was to establish the optimum number of workstations to accommodate 874 staff over five floors using flexible working solutions.
This project delivered a number of successful outcomes including:
- helping to achieve Net Present Value savings of £27m by reducing LCC’s office needs for 14 to five
- combining agile working and integrated IT solutions to allow staff to work flexibly
- meeting integral accessibility and social inclusion initiatives under LCC’s ‘Best Council’ ambitions.
Award winners will be announced on Friday 17 May at a ceremony at Leeds United Football Club.