It is fantastic to be recognised with the Starter Homes Award for Inholm at the Housing Design Awards, the new neighbourhood of 406 homes sets pioneering townscape design principles for the wider new town of Northstowe.
Initiated by Homes England, Northstowe is England’s most ambitious new town project since Milton Keynes and will eventually grow to a community of 10,000 homes. The new nieghbourhood is masterplanned by Proctor and Matthews architects with homes designed by Proctor and Matthews and Shedkm.
Inholm - taken from the Danish word meaning ‘islands in the marshes’ - is inspired by the rich archaeology of the site that provides evidence of early fenland settlements. The design clusters new and established volumetric typologies designed by Shedkm and Proctor and Matthews which respond to the design concept of establishing a local identity informed by the rich settlement history of the Northstowe edge of Fenland Landscape.
The neighbourhood provides a mixed inter-generational community of open market, family houses, homes for first time buyers, affordable rented apartments and affordable later living accommodation, with a mixed-use community focus and civic open space at its heart. Homes will perform to high levels of thermal and airtight performance standards with integrated photo voltaic panels.
The scheme proved popular with the Housing Design Awards judges to become the most supported scheme by any judging panel in the history of the awards.