12 Dec 2019

New development in Northway wins prestigious award

A new housing development in Northway has won in the new building category of this year's Oxford Preservation Trust (OPT) awards.

The development by GreenSquare is at Dora Carr Close in Northway and comprises 47 new homes, including 15 three-bedroom houses, 4 four-bedroom houses and a four-story mansion block containing 28 one- and two-bedroom flats. 

To commemorate this prestigious award win, a plaque has been unveiled in Northway Community Centre, which was built alongside the new homes to provide state-of-the-art community facilities for residents in the area. 

Jo Curson, GreenSquare's Head of Development, said: "We are delighted to have received this award - it is a huge testament to our efforts to ensure that this project met clear sustainable targets, with a design that both supports and enhances the surrounding area. 

"We pride ourselves on creating great places where people want to live, and our development at Northway is no exception.”

The Oxford Preservation Trust's annual awards recognise the positive contributions that projects and schemes makes to Oxford and its green setting. The annual awards, sponsored by Carter Jonas, Critchleys Accountants and Mathews Comfort Insurance Brokers, were this year presented at a ceremony on 5 November at St John's College, Oxford.

Now in its 42nd year, the competition was strong with a record 56 entries. Rev Prof William Whyte, Chairman of the OPT Awards Panel, said: "Oxford has an urgent need for social housing and the panel agreed that this was an exemplary project providing community facilities and new homes. The development has created a real sense of place thanks to its imaginative and impressive design."

The plaque was unveiled by management committee trustee and volunteer activity organiser at Northway Community Centre, Pat Elliott. Pat dug the first hole at the development, to officially mark the start on site in 2015. She added: “It was an absolute honour to unveil the plaque, and I was pleased to be asked.”

RUFF Architects delivered the Allford Hall Monaghan Morris designed scheme as executive architects. The development was built in two phases by Stepnell Construction (phase one) and Feltham Construction (phase two). 

Paul Ruff, Director at RUFF Architects, said: "Having been so closely involved with this scheme since its inception, whilst initially working at AHMM, it’s a pleasure to see all the hard work the client, project team and community have put in has paid off. 

“Replacing the derelict old school buildings on the site with an amazing community centre and social housing scheme such as this a testament to collaboration. Unveiling such a prestigious award, an Oxford Preservation Trust Award, shows we have delivered something of quality and value to the immediate area and Oxford as a whole."

To find out more about Northway Community Centre, visit www.northwaycommunitycentre.co.uk