Green scheme up for hat-trick of awards

DESIGNS ON SUCCESS ... Craig Fitzakerly and Clinton Mylesko from Fitz Architects.
DESIGNS ON SUCCESS ... Craig Fitzakerly and Clinton Mylesko from Fitz Architects.

A FORWARD-thinking South Tyneside housing scheme is in line for a hat-trick of awards.

The Sinclair Meadows development, in Laygate, South Shields, the UK’s first carbon negative social housing initiative, has scooped nominations for three prestigious prizes by two different awards bosses.

The green scheme, designed by Craig Fitzakerly and Clinton Mylesko from Fitz Architects, saw off competition from over 300 entries to earn a place on the six-strong shortlist for the Development of the Year (small schemes) category of the UK Housing Awards 2013, organised by the Chartered Institute of Housing [CIH] and Inside Housing magazine, on April 16.

The Sinclair Meadows scheme, developed by housing provider Four Housing Group in partnership with South Tyneside Council and Groundwork South Tyneside and Newcastle, is also up for two awards, for design and innovation and in the regeneration category, of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors North East Renaissance Awards (RICS), on April 19.

Craig Fitzakerly, managing director of Fitz Architects, said: “We really enjoyed working on Sinclair Meadows, it was such an important, innovative scheme.”

Prospective residents at Sinclair Meadows attended a training programme to learn about the daily tasks involved in a carbon negative lifestyle, like using rainwater to flush toilets, and programming appliances to operate during the day to make the most efficient use of energy from solar panels.