Curvy council homes are up for national awards

The new, curvy council homes at Northfield Crescent, Ruskington. EMN-150226-113556001
The new, curvy council homes at Northfield Crescent, Ruskington. EMN-150226-113556001

The Northfield Crescent council home development in Ruskington — better known as the ‘curvy homes’ — has caught the attention of national housing awards.

North Kesteven District Council has been shortlisted for Outstanding Development of the Year at the UK Housing Awards 2015, hosted by the Chartered Institute of Housing and Inside Housing Magazine. The annual awards recognise outstanding work by housing organisations to improve the lives of people in their communities.

The awards attracted more than 250 entries across the country, but NKDC’s Northfield Crescent project has managed to reach the final eight up for one of the 11 categories.

The council, which worked alongside Chaplin Earrant and D Brown Building Contractors on the project, will find out if they have won on Tuesday, April 21, at the Lancaster London Hotel.

The Ruskington curvy homes are a council first as the 11 houses and two bungalows are flexible, in light of welfare reform. The bedrooms can be easy altered so a tenant can divide or merge rooms.

Coun Stewart Ogden said being shortlisted was testament to the hard work put into developing the best solutions for tenants, adding: “These homes are unique in the way that they can be rearranged to fit the occupier, as well as being built to Code 3 sustainability standards and the council’s NK Fabric First scheme, which ensures new properties are built to a high insulation quality so tenants can benefit lower energy costs.