Elizabethan redevelopment makes housing awards final

Four Housing has been recognised on a national stage for an innovative development for the over 55s in Berwick.

By The Newsroom
Monday, 16 May, 2016, 11:10
Four Housing's development at Elizabethan Court in Berwick

The not-for-profit housing provider was named a finalist in the Best Supported / Sheltered Housing award category at the Housing Excellence Awards for its work on The Elizabethan.

The scheme, on North Road, comprises 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.

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“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.

Four Housing is responsible for 5,000 homes throughout north East England, also including the development at Barley Rise in Tweedmouth.

The organisation provides a range of services which give people in the North East choice about where and how they live. These services include: General needs housing; Supported housing; Care and repair services providing home improvements, home adaptations and handyperson services for people living in all tenures, not just Four Housing tenants; and Shared ownership housing for sale.