New Adur Homes social housing 'Highly Commended' at awards

Released: Tuesday, 02 August 2022

A housing project developed by Adur District Council on the site of a retirement home has been recognised as 'exemplary' in a prestigious awards scheme.

Cecil Norris House, in Ravens Road, Shoreham, built as affordable homes for tenants on the Council's waiting list, was 'highly commended' in the awards run by the Sussex Heritage Trust.

Opened last year the three-storey new building contains five one bed and eight two-bed flats with a balcony and share of a communal garden and two split-level maisonettes with private gardens.

The main block has solar panels and a green roof, to improve urban biodiversity, and each home has a secure space for bike storage.

Judges of the Heritage Awards described the homes, developed by the Council's housing arm, Adur Homes, as an “exemplary development, replacing worn out housing stock” and said officers had worked with commitment and energy to complete the project.

Cllr Carson Albury, Adur District Council's Cabinet Member for Adur Homes and Customer Services, said the scheme was part of a new strategy.

“It's excellent news that the first new council housing built in Adur in three decades is getting the recognition it deserves,' he said.

“We have an urgent need to build more homes. But we want to make sure that they are of the highest quality. At Adur Homes we want to build award-winning homes that people really want to live in; but we also want buildings that will last for future generations.

“The residents I met at Cecil Norris love the space. One family was quite tearful when they moved into their new rooms. It was such an improvement on their old house.”

The £3.4 million development was designed by Brighton-based Liam Russell Architects (LRA), and Southwick firm A&F Pilbeam were the construction company chosen to deliver the project.

Now in its 24th year, the Sussex Heritage Trust Awards are designed to:

“Recognise and reward the highest quality conservation, restoration and good design of newly built projects while encouraging the use of traditional skills and crafts.”

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Image: Cecil Norris House (Credit: Liam Russell Architects)

PR22-002+065+140 - Cecil Norris House (Credit: Liam Russell Architects)

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