Environmentally-friendly Exeter housing complex nets top design award

An environmentally-friendly housing complex in Exeter has scooped a top design accolade from the Royal Institute for Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

Chester Long Court – 26 high-quality ‘affordable’ homes in Whipton – scooped the Design Through Innovation honour at the RICS’s South West awards.

As a regional winner, the complex in Vaughan Road will now go through to the national finals in London later in the year.

Chester Long Court first opened its doors to tenants on Exeter City Council’s waiting list at the end of last year.

A photo of Chester Long Court in Whipton, Exeter.

Chester Long Court in Whipton, Exeter.

Designed by Exeter-based Gale and Snowden, built by CG Fry and project managed by Randall Simmonds, the complex pushes the number of Passivhaus homes developed by the city council to 67.

Keeping energy bills down

Passivhaus is a rigorous voluntary standard for energy efficiency in a building. Properties use little energy for heating, with triple-glazed windows and impenetrable insulation, keeping energy bills down and reducing the ecological footprint.

Councillor Laura Wright, lead council housing development and services, said: “To be recognised by the Royal Institute for Chartered Surveyors is the icing on the cake.

“We were thrilled with the finished building and rightly so. Now our tenants are experiencing the energy efficiency benefits that Passivhaus delivers – reducing bills and producing a comfortable living environment. It’s good news all round!”

Chester Long Court – named after the former city council leader Chester Long –  also made the shortlist in the Residential category. Elsewhere, it has been shortlisted for Residential Property of the Year in the Michelmores Property Awards.

A photo of Chester Long Court in Whipton, Exeter.

Chester Long Court in Whipton, Exeter.

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