A development of state-of-the-art eco homes that has revitalised an area of Knowsley has been shortlisted for a prestigious award by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).
Tiverton Close in Huyton, completed by Knowsley Housing Trust (KHT), part of the First Ark Group, has been shortlisted for the North West Regeneration prize in the RICS Awards 2013.
The £6.3m project which was completed in 2012, demolished rundown flats to make way for the development of 49 new flats and houses.
The RICS Awards showcase the most inspirational regional initiatives and developments in land, property, construction and the environment, and KHT is one of a only a few public sector developers to make the list.
“It represents KHT’s approach to building new homes with excellent design and construction and energy efficiency to bring transformative change to people and places.”
The flats that had previously stood on the land were no longer suitable to meet the housing needs of the area. They had attracted anti-social behaviour, as well as affecting the look and feel of the local environment.
Residents have recorded a 100 per cent satisfaction level with their new homes, and levels of anti-social behaviour and fly tipping have reduced.
The properties have eco features including solar PV panels, thermal windows, thermostat boilers and Mechanical Heat Ventilation to improve their energy efficiency and help save residents hundreds of pounds on their bills.
They also have enhanced security features such as improved lighting and window locks.
The development is one of KHT’s biggest ever housing investments and has been supported by the Homes and Communities Agency and Knowsley Council.
The RICS Awards 2013 North West final will be held in Manchester in May when the winners will be announced.