David Lock Associates’ planned 4,000 home extension to Canterbury for Corinthian Land Ltd, Mountfield Park, received welcome news at the Housing Design Awards 2017 when Proctor & Matthews Architects design for Phase 1a was awarded the inaugural Best New Neighbourhood Award.
The Housing Design Awards were launched in 1948 to reward better municipal post-war building, then opened for market housing in 1960. They are the only awards promoted by the five major professional institutions (the Royal Institute of British Architects, the Landscape Institute, the Royal Town Planning Institute, the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists).
The award judges consider each of the winning schemes to be worthy of a national platform. In the case of Mountfield Park, they felt it was important to shine a spotlight on the rarity of a large scale urban extension which is attempting to adopt a different approach to design quality. The judges noted not only the architecture, but also the sensitive landscape design and the thoughtful way in which the contours of the site had influenced the design solution.
The award is a recognition of Corinthian’s commitment to delivering an urban extension which not only surpasses the norm, but achieves a quality which is fitting to the historic City of Canterbury and the Area of High Landscape Value within which the site sits.
More information about the award winners can be found here www.hdawards.org