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Keyte Gardens shortlisted for second National Award

Warwickshire Rural Housing Association’s Keyte Gardens development in Wootton Wawen is on the shortlist for another national award.

Morton Wykes Kramer Architects has been named as one of four finalists in the ‘Housing Crisis Solution’ category of The Sunday Times’ British Homes Awards for their Keyte Gardens design.

Working in partnership with Morton Wykes Kramer Architects, as well as Bouygues UK, Waterloo Housing Group, Stratford-on-Avon District Council, Wootton Wawen Parish Council, Warwickshire Rural Community Council and Homes England, WRHA completed Keyte Gardens, Warwickshire’s first Passivhaus development of affordable homes, in 2018.

The development of 14 energy-efficient homes was officially opened by HRH The Princess Royal last September.  In October it was named Best Green Scheme in the 24housing Awards 2018.

While Morton Wykes Kramer have designed a number of affordable housing developments, Keyte Gardens was their first Passivhaus scheme.  The architects were involved in a seven-year research and development project to bring the exceptionally low energy homes to the affordable housing sector where fuel poverty is a key issue.

Derrick Dyas, Chairman of WRHA, said: “Keyte Gardens embodies the very epitome of partnership working to achieve affordable housing for local people.

“Our aim was to use innovative features and clever design to achieve space heating costs which are 70 cent less than in standard house construction.  Morton Wykes Kramer interpreted our brief excellently, designing a ground-breaking development of low energy homes which is fully in keeping with the local area.

“We are delighted that this development has made it to the shortlist for another national award and we wish Morton Wykes Kramer every success in the final in September.”