We have been shortlisted in the ‘Housing Crisis Solution’ category in The Sunday Times: British Homes Awards!

The Keyte Gardens, Wootton Wawen, Passivhaus development that Morton Wykes Kramer designed for Warwickshire Rural Housing Association has been shortlisted in the ‘Housing Crisis Solution’ category in The Sunday Times: British Homes Awards.

This comes at a time where the industry has been reflecting on the need for affordable homes in rural areas, during Rural Housing Week. The housing crisis is generally considered an urban problem. However, in rural areas there is only 8% affordable housing stock, compared with 20% in urban areas.

We have designed a number of affordable housing developments, but Keyte Gardens was the first Passivhaus development. The rigorous Passivhaus standard provides environmental benefits and helps to tackle fuel poverty, a serious issue that many people face.

Derrick Dyas, Chairman at Warwickshire Rural Housing Association, stated “Keyte Gardens embodies the very epitome of partnership working with local communities to achieve affordable housing for local people” at the opening of the development in 2018.

These homes were built specifically for people with a local connection to the village. This is extremely important as house prices are less affordable in predominantly rural areas compared to predominantly urban areas. Many people are priced out of their villages; having to leave their families and the community they grew up in. This is why we make it a priority to design quality and affordable housing, to help communities to thrive.

We are extremely proud of this development, and we are delighted that the Passivhaus scheme has been shortlisted for Housing Crisis Solution.

The awards ceremony will be held on Thursday 19th September 2019.