Further distinction for Meadow Road, Worthing
Meadow Road, Worthing is an innovative housing scheme which replaced 48 sub-standard flats with 12 family homes for affordable rent in a neighbourhood with complex deprivation issues. An existing block of flats for vulnerable residents who were unable to move was also refurbished. The project delivered clear health benefits for residents and reduced anti-social behaviour issues associated with the old housing. There was extensive, meaningful engagement by Worthing Borough Council and Worthing Homes with the community which contributed to its success.
In December 2016, following a site visit and assessment by a panel of Councillors and representatives of the Worthing Society and Conservation Area Advisory Committee, the Meadow Road housing scheme was awarded a Distinction in Building Award. The panel was particularly impressed with the design quality of this affordable housing, which has transformed the area and provided a new community spirit in an area previously run down and with significant social and environmental problems.
The project, which Rund Partnership was appointed as Contractor Administrator on behalf of Worthing Homes on, saw six low rise blocks of flats, each containing eight bedsits that were not suitable for today’s standards of living, transformed into one block of eight flatlets with a layout and space requirements more suited to today’s lifestyle. The rest of the blocks were demolished to make space for 12 much needed two-bedroom family homes.
This Distinction in Building Award follows on from Meadow Road winning two awards in September 2016 at the RTPI (Royal Town Planning Institute) South East awards. In conjunction Adur and Worthing Council and Worthing Homes, the Meadow Road scheme not only took best project in the ‘Excellence in Planning to Deliver Housing’ category, it was also awarded the overall regional winner across all seven categories of the awards.
This project was also part of a Technology Strategy Board (TSB) funded research project to establish the changes in dynamics and behaviours needed across the construction supply chain to unlock new more efficient and collaborative ways of working with BIM (Building Information Modelling).