Derwenthorpe wins leading industry award for sustainability


Posted on30 May 2017

Phase One of the pioneering Derwenthorpe development has won an award for sustainability. It was presented at this year’s Royal Institute for British Architects (RIBA) Yorkshire Awards.

The Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust’s (JRHT) Derwenthorpe has won recognition for its sustainability. The award was presented at the annual RIBA Yorkshire Awards in Hull last night. This has placed it at the forefront of modern housing developments. It is built in partnership with David Wilson Homes and is situated near Osbaldwick on the east side of York. Derwenthorpe offers affordable, environmentally-friendly family homes in a digitally inclusive, mixed-tenure community.

Last night’s award was dedicated to the first phase of the project, which recently celebrated its fifth birthday. It has been open for occupation since 2012. JRHT’s Manager for the Derwenthorpe site is Joanne Lofthouse. She was delighted with the news:“This award compliments other work JRHT and the Derwenthorpe community are doing for sustainability. This includes our promotion of cycling through vouchers. Also our community garden where residents can grow their own.”

JRHT’s Development Project Manager is Michael Jones. He said: “Derwenthorpe demonstrates great design, combined with strong collaborative working with residents, community groups and business partners. This has delivered a high quality affordable and sustainable community. We are delighted that this work has been recognised by RIBA. We very much look forward to developing the next stages of the development.”

On top of this award, a further two accolades were also granted to the work behind the project. Designers Studio Partington and Adam Cornish won the Architect, and Project Architect, of the Year Awards, respectively.

The judging panel for RIBA described it as something which all housing developments should aspire to. They said that Derwenthorpe had achieved its aims with “great success”. They added that: “Its approach encompasses community and social wellbeing, passive design and active technologies using cutting edge techniques. Its reach goes beyond the buildings. It considers the local environment, in terms of water usage, attenuation, and biodiversity. It also considers the types of spaces and amenities it provides for inhabitants.”

Paul Newman, Managing Director of David Wilson Homes Yorkshire East, said: “We are delighted to win this award. It accurately showcases Derwenthorpe as one of the best developments in the country. There is a real need for high-quality, affordable and sustainable housing here in York and across the UK. As a leading house builder we are committed to delivering this.”

Derwenthorpe has also been shortlisted for another award this summer. Phase Two of the development (Lotherington Quarter) is shortlisted for the York Design Award 2017. The results will be known next month. With its fourth and final phase currently being built, Derwenthorpe is set for completion towards the end of 2018.