New Lodge wins design award for Yorkshire

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Image: Angel Tait, Elspeth Pooley, Peter Sanderson, Nicky Smith (JRHT), Clare Cameron (PRP), Estelle Keeley (HLP), Jenny Buterchi (PRP), Bill Halsall (PRP). Credit - photographer: Ben Hines 

Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust (JRHT) wins Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Yorkshire Award 2023 for New Lodge 

JRHT’s New Lodge has won an award for its design which was shortlisted for the Yorkshire Regional Awards for the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects). Every year, the RIBA hold awards to celebrate great architecture across the UK.

New Lodge was completed in November 2021. It comprises of a registered care home and apartments for people over the age of 55. Residents living in the apartments can access additional care and support if required. 

It is situated in the beautiful garden village of New Earswick in York. The development is located behind the historic Folk Hall.

New Lodge was nominated for its respectful design by PRP Architects which is in keeping with the garden village of New Earswick. The architectural approach was inspired by the local arts and crafts architecture, reinterpreting the key characteristics of the local conservation area. These include steep roofscapes, feature chimneys, recessed porch entries and consistent use of brickwork and tiles. The refurbishment of the listed community Folk Hall and the open, connected planning creates a community for people of all ages.
Following the first stage of judging New Lodge made the shortlist amongst 10 other nominees including York St John and York University.

Nicky Smith and Elspeth Pooley from the Development Team, Peter Sanderson and Angel Tait from the New Lodge Management Team attended the ceremony in Leeds to collect the award.

The panel of judges said ‘The New Lodge community project is the redevelopment of the central area of New Earswick garden village in York, creating a ‘Lifetime Neighbourhood’ composed of affordable extra-care apartments, a new 44-bed care home, and refurbishment of the existing Folk Hall.

The masterplan embeds the accommodation into the heart of the community, making the development feel integral to the wider area. Walkways, open green spaces, and hedgerows protecting small private areas separate and connect the multiple different accommodation buildings".

David Boyes-Watson, Deputy Director of Development said: ‘We were all delighted to receive this award for New Lodge, especially as we were up against some really tough competition.”

Lucy Atkinson, Registered Care Manager said: “Residents are always commenting what a lovely place it is to live. It is fantastic that this has been recognised by the judges and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).”   

Peter Sanderson, General Manager said - We have always been immensely proud of New Lodge so to be recognised by RIBA really is another outstanding achievement and honour for both the development and residents.”

Clare Cameron, director at PRP said: “Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust’s vision to redevelop the centre of New Earswick as a Lifetime Neighbourhood for older people captured our imagination from the beginning. The site presented an excellent opportunity for age-friendly housing, improved public realm and stronger connections to the surrounding housing which allowed the development to be integrated and intergenerational. It was a pleasure to work with such an enlightened client and we are delighted that New Lodge has been recognised with this award.”


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