The new development of affordable homes at Lynwood Park in Bath Road has won the 2017 Bristol Civic Society Design Award. The award which recognise high quality design and workmanship throughout a project and was presented to E G Carter & Co Ltd, Sovereign Housing Association and NOMA Architects by Kevin McCloud on behalf of Bristol Civic Society at an awards ceremony last week (26 June).
The construction of Lynwood Park started in January 2016. The 52 new homes ranging from one and two-bedroom flats to two- and three-bedroom houses have been built on a brownfield site in the grounds of Grade II-listed Lynwood House. Owned by the Plymouth Brethren since early 1800’s, the site was put on the market for development in 2012.
The Grade II listed building has been sensitively restored by E G Carter & Co Ltd to accommodate four new homes for sale through shared ownership. The design retained and restored the original features, removing non-original extensions and internal walls. The new layout retains much of the character of the historic building, so that the original layout of the house is visible within the building.
The 52 much needed affordable homes have made a huge difference to its new residents, some saying that it has changed their life “Before this we were homeless and had to live in a few family hostels where my two little girls had to share a house with people we didn’t know. Thankfully our luck changed and we are so happy with the house, there is so much space for the girls to play. I can finally say we’re home, it’s where we have wanted to be for so long,” said Jade Davis.
Phillip Barnes, Manager of Housing at E G Carter & Co Ltd said ‘We are delighted and proud that the project team, working closely with Sovereign, has received recognition for the high quality design and construction of the Lynwood Park development. The project represents an excellent example of true collaborative working from inception through to completion of these wonderful new homes’
Lesley Metcalf, Regional Head of Development at Sovereign Housing Association said: “I’m pleased we’ve been able to work with E G Carter & Co on this development, which has been a real success. It has provided 52 much needed homes for people in housing need while also restoring Lynwood House to its former glory. It’s an honour to receive this award in recognition of all the hard work by the project team to create the fantastic Lynwood Park development.”
This is the second time that E G Carter & Co Ltd has received the award, having previously received the award for Gainsborough Square, Bristol.