Double win for Swan Housing Association and Partners as their Basildon regenerations triumph at National Housing Awards

Swan Housing Association and its architects Pollard Thomas Edwards and C.F. Møller were successful at the prestigious National Housing Awards, with judges awarding their plans for both the regeneration of Laindon Shopping Centre and the Craylands Estate in Basildon, with the coveted ‘Best Scheme in Planning’ award.

The Laindon Shopping Centre regeneration won the category overall! This exciting scheme will bring a brand new high street, Swan office, health centre and Swan’s precision engineered modular homes (built in Swan’s new factory in Basildon) to Laindon.

Swan’s Laindon regeneration has also recently been shortlisted in the Architects’ Journal Awards 2017 for ‘Masterplan of the Year’ and the RTPI Planning Excellence Award 2017. In the summer, it won the coveted “Best Regeneration” award at the Housing Design Awards 2017.

The NHA 2017 Judges said about Laindon:

“The winning entry was excellent, a great scheme that is both regenerative and visionary and brings residential and commercial uses together to create a new heart for the town.”

Beechwood West, was highly commended in the same category. This latest phase of Swan’s regeneration of the 1960’s Craylands Estate in Basildon (which it is delivering in partnership with Basildon Borough Council and the Homes and Communities Agency) will deliver over 560 mixed tenure, precision engineered homes, built in Swan’s new factory. Over 250 will be fully customisable by the buyer using an online “configurator”, just as you might design a car.

The NHA 2017 judges said they wanted to highly commend Beechwood because it was:

“a refreshingly different submission, not only with the design of the homes but also the self-build/customisation. It shows outstanding community engagement and the use of innovative construction and local labour is fantastic and deserves recognition.”

Geoff Pearce, Executive Director of Regeneration and Development at Swan said: 

“As a long-standing local housing provider with a clear social purpose, we are committed to the regeneration of both the Laindon Centre and the Craylands Estate. To be recognised in the highly prestigious NHA 2017 awards for both these Basildon based regenerations, highlights our commitment to bringing the highest quality of design and public realm to Basildon. We were particularly delighted that the judges recognised our engagement with local people too, as we strive to ensure we work with local people to create the high quality homes and communities that they want and deserve”.

Carl Vann, Partner, Pollard Thomas Edwards commented:

“We are delighted that both Beechwood West and the Laindon Centre have been recognised by the National Housing Awards. Both projects represent visionary approaches to the delivery of homes within a wider regeneration strategy – combining modular construction, customer choice and house building alongside vital new community facilities.”

Rolf Nielsen MAA ARB RIBA, Associate Partner, C.F. Møller Architects said of the Laindon project:

“We are very proud to have been part of a great team working on this important project. To have the recognition of the prestigious National Housing Awards is a tremendous honour. We sincerely thank our collaboration partners, PTE and our client Swan, for joining us in creating and realising a strong vision for revitalising this central part of Laindon.”