Housing project wins top award

The official opening of the new Swedish style houses on Easington Road.

The official opening of the new Swedish style houses on Easington Road.

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A HOUSING project picked up a top award for rejuvenating a community.

The project to regenerate Easington Road in Hartlepool battled it out against 55 of the North-East’s most impressive property schemes to gain top honours at the RICS Renaissance Awards 2012.

Known as the region’s property Oscars, the prestigious property-based contest celebrates inspirational initiatives in the land, property and construction sectors.

The awards attracted a record 97 entries from all over the North-East.

Winner of the residential property category was the Easington Road development after jugdes ruled it has revitalised a community, which is part of a key arterial route and gateway into Hartlepool’s Marina and town centre, transforming a neighborhood, which was in need of investment into an attractive, stylish area.

The impressive development provides 68 new homes, comprising of two, three and four bedroom houses and bungalows, all of which include energy efficiency measures, making them sustainable and economical to run.

The award was presented to Peter Olsen, chairman of Housing Hartlepool, and group director of development Colin Wilson .

Mr Olsen said: “Just to be shortlisted for these awards alongside an array of exceptional organisations and high calibre of projects, was in itself a great achievement for Housing Hartlepool, to then go on to win was incredible.

“A huge thanks again to everyone who has been involved with Easington Road from the initial concept to completion, including Arcus Consulting and FHM North East.”

Chairman of the North-East judging panel, David Furniss, said: “Easington Road is an outstanding example of residential property which has helped improve a local area dramatically – it also illustrates the talent and skills of our region’s property professionals.”

“The project epitomises everything that modern residential property should be – not only are the homes attractive and innovative in design, but they are also highly sustainable.”

Two other projects, One Life Hartlepool and The Academy @ Shotton Hall, in Peterlee, were nomintated but failed to pick up accolades.