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Housing Association Development wins top award.

17th January 2014

A development of 50 affordable homes which were supplied by Lowfield Timber Frames has recently been awarded the prestigious Development of the Year award by the Chartered Institute of Housing.

The Mid Wales Housing Association development at Heol Rhedyn, Newtown was officially opened in May 2013 by the First Minister of Wales, Rt. Hon Carwyn Jones AM and the Association picked up the award in a ceremony in Cardiff in November.

The development, designed by Newtown based Hughes Architects, provides affordable homes for local people ranging from one to five bedrooms and a mixture of traditional and intermediate rent.  The structural timber frame supplied by Lowfield Timber Frames assisted the scheme to comply with the Code for Sustainable Homes Level 3+ and has achieved design standards of Lifetime Homes, Secured by Design, Welsh Government Design Quality Requirements and Welsh Housing Quality Standards.

The judges of the awards said: “The design is sensitive to a rural setting and the project meets the need for family accommodation in a rural context.  This is a good example of using local labour with the project also providing three placement apprenticeships”. The full judges comments can be seen on page16 of the Good Practice Compendium 2013 produced by the CIH.

Mid-Wales Housing Association’s Development Manager said: “Whilst we are delighted to celebrate this prestigious award, the most important thing to us is that our tenants are living in homes that they, and we, can be proud of.  It sets the standard for future developments, which we will strive to improve on”.

The timber frames were supplied and erected by Lowfield timber Frames to the main contractor, Wates Living Space, and were completed in 25 weeks, approximately one unit every 2.5 days. Darren Jarman, MD of Lowfield Timber Frames commented “We are currently working with main contractors all over the UK but with over 80% of our workforce living in and around the Newtown area, it’s nice to be involved with a project on your doorstep which is helping the local community”

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