Major housing award guarantees ‘HAPPI’ness!

Release date:  15 July 2015

There were smiles all around on the evening of 13 July when a major Cotswolds building project won a HAPPI (Housing our Ageing Population Panel for Innovation) award at a prestigious Housing Design Awards ceremony in London. 

The proposed Steepleton retirement community project in Tetbury was awarded the HAPPI prize by a panel of judges who were very impressed by the planned development.  After carrying out a review of building projects across the country, the judges shortlisted 59 projects in total and then awarded prizes to 15 of the contenders during a special ceremony at the London School of Economics, attended by Brandon Lewis MP, the Minister of State for Housing and Planning.

The Steepleton project comprises the redevelopment of the site formerly occupied by Autonumis Ltd in Cirencester Road, Tetbury, and will comprise 114 apartments housed in six separate buildings within five acres. Each apartment will be built around a courtyard garden and there will also be a wellbeing suite, a fitness studio, a café and guest suites for visitors. 

Mike Napper, Team Leader (Development Management) at Cotswold District Council attended the LSE ceremony, alongside representatives from the Steepleton development’s architects Proctor and Matthews and the developer Pegasus Life.  He was clearly buoyed by the outcome:

“As the planning authority responsible for this new community, we are delighted to share in this success.  We have worked closely with the architect and the developer to ensure that the build quality will be excellent and that it will be a valuable addition to the town, and it is great to know that our joint efforts have been acclaimed at a national event sponsored by bodies such as the Department for Communities and Local Government, the Royal Institute of British Architects, the Royal Town Planning Institute, the Home Builders Federation and the Landscape Institute.” 

Cllr Sue Jepson, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Planning and Housing, was equally pleased when she heard the news about the award: 

“This is a huge pat on the back for the Council, the architects and the developer who have done so much to make this project stand out in comparison with its peers. It’s aptly named the HAPPI award because this news has made us all smile – well done to everyone involved.”



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