National Housing award win for Merton

Merton’s Consortia House on Merton Road has been named Best Small Development in this year’s National Housing Awards.

Recognising affordable home ownership schemes that do not compromise on design and build quality, the criteria for the Best Small Development category includes the ability to meet the needs of the local market and showing innovation to support people into home ownership. Winners of this award also need to demonstrate how the design features used made the most of the site as well using standards of best practice for the following cross cutting themes; value for money, customer care and accessing and valuing diversity.

In partnership with Thames Valley Housing Association, Merton Council designed Consortia House as part of a shared-ownership scheme to allow first-time buyers and people on lower incomes such as nurses, teachers and police officers (key workers) to secure a foot on the property ladder. Consortia House, which was officially opened in May this year, comprises 9 one and two bedroom flats and is neighbour to Concord House, which includes eight bespoke self-contained flats for people with learning disabilities.

This win is the third housing design award for Merton since 2012 after Rowan Park was named National Housing Design Award winner in 2012 and Brenley Park received two accolades at the London Evening Standard Housing Awards 2013 in the Best Development in the Affordable Homes Sector and Best First-Time Buy categories.

Merton Council’s cabinet member for environmental sustainability and regeneration, Councillor Andrew Judge said: “I’m delighted that Consortia House has been awarded this excellent accolade which recognises the high standard and good value of homes in Merton. We were determined to achieve a high quality building on the site and worked closely with the architects to achieve it. All these prestigious design awards show that Merton can deliver quality and affordability in its developments and help people to get a foot on the property ladder. Congratulations to everyone who has worked on the scheme.”