2019 has been a very exciting year, here at MWK! From being shortlisted in national awards to winning at the Northamptonshire Business Awards, 2019 has been extremely rewarding.

This year we have taken on a number of new and interesting projects. We were appointed by 78 Derngate to submit a planning application for the extension that we designed for the only house in England designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh. The new visitor’s area that we have created (visuals below) allows the trust to be more sustainable and remain open to the public and gained overwhelming support from people across the country. Recently, planning permission was granted for the 78 Derngate extension!

Our most recent affordable housing project: Piano Works was granted planning permission in May to build 20 affordable homes.

One of the most exciting announcements we made this year was that we had been shortlisted in The Sunday Times British Homes Awards in the Housing Crisis Solution category. This was the second national award our Passivhaus development: Keyte Gardens had been shortlisted in.

In October we were also named finalists in the Northamptonshire Business Awards in the Land & Development category. The awards looked to recognise projects that have delivered on sustainability, showing their consideration to the environmental impact. We attended the awards ceremony in November, and we delighted to have won! This was the judge’s comment:

‘The judges were impressed with the company’s focus on innovation and impact, particularly via their careful and forward-looking approach to environmental issues and sustainability, without driving up the cost or duration of the project. This is a model we hope to see replicated across projects of this type in the country’.

In November, our Director Dominic Kramer spoke at a national conference: Small Housing Associations’ Conference and Exhibition 2019. Dominic’s breakfast briefing session was titled ‘Tackling Climate Change: What Must Housing Do?’. The UK’s Committee on Climate Change has called for a target of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions in the UK by 2050. Dominic answered the questions: What role does housing play in achieving this target? How will we have to modify homes to meet new standards? What’s the cost implication and where can you get support?

We wish all of our clients, past and present and our supporters and wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year!