The project was crowned the winner of Best Housing Scheme (for fewer than 500 homes) at last months awards, being commended for its sensitivity to the heritage site on which it is situated.
The judges also commended the scheme for its flexible and innovative development model, which allowed homeowners to specify a home to suit their individual needs, while maintaining a controlled external and internal design code. The project was one of the first developments in the UK to include custom build as part of the mix.
Situated within a conservation area alongside the Lancaster Canal, Aldcliffe Yard covers approximately two acres of land, owned by the Canal & River Trust, and features eight plots of three to four-bedroom custom build homes, including detached, semi-detached and terraced properties.
In addition to the new build homes, the development also features some properties renovated from Grade 2-listed, stone canal buildings that originally sat on the site.
Plots at Aldcliffe Yard were bought outright, constructed by the project’s professional builders, offering potential savings on the final market value, together with a customised route to finish on some properties. All profit made from the site will help the Canal & River Trust to fund the repair and upkeep of the nation’s historic canals.
H2O Urban is a joint partnership between the Canal & River Trust and private development company, Bloc, together with it’s custom side Plot. Their partnership looks to combine private sector entrepreneurship with social enterprise culture, in order to develop exemplar waterside schemes throughout the UK, bettering local communities. Over its 12 years history, the partnership has developed hundreds of places in which to live and work across the country.
Words: Jen Grimble
Congratulations to H2O Urban and their custom build win. It’s fantastic to see such an innovative scheme gaining recognition within the wider housing market. Aldcliffe Yard sets a high standard for this new way of creating high quality, bespoke homes, a method that has been successful across Europe for decades. By using their own builders, the scheme has created a less daunting version of building your own home, following the Government’s definition of custom build where a developer builds all the homes.