Fruit Market is a Housing Design Award winner!

The Fruit Market Development in Nottingham’s Sneinton Market, a project by Blueprint Regeneration, was awarded the Building for a Healthy Life Award at this year’s Housing Design Awards.

As the longest-running award in the UK, the Housing Design Awards promote excellence and sustainability in home design. They are the only accolades promoted by all five major professional institutions: RICS, RIBA, RTPO, Landscape Institute and Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists.

Over 100 projects are submitted each year to the Housing Design Awards. They are viewed by an expert panel of a broad mix representing the profession, government departments and agencies, leading residential clients and designers, and all individuals dedicated to improving design quality.

Fruit Market was awarded for its innovative design approach and high-quality, low-energy homes; a welcome addition to an area in which almost all recent residential developments have been limited to high-density student accommodation.

Nottingham-based architect Letts Wheeler designed the homes using a consistent palette of materials but with variations in form and fenestration. In addition to elevated balconies and terraces, residents will have access to a shared communal courtyard, with extensive planting areas and passages for wildlife. This area will be owned, curated, and managed by residents.

The development has also been praised for its contribution to the transformation of Sneinton Market, the former fruit and veg wholesale market on the fringe of the city centre. The project offers a welcome market-sale housing addition in an area, maintaining the regeneration momentum of Sneinton Market, and its success story of independent maker-sellers.

Alec Hamlin, development director at Blueprint Regeneration, said:

“Every Fruit Market home is unique, combining a modern architectural design aesthetic with secure and efficient energy specification, and it is brilliant for this to have been recognised by such a prestigious award.

“Everyone has worked incredibly hard to create a high quality, city centre neighbourhood that really adds to this wonderful city.”

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