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 for a second national award in the ‘Housing Crisis Solution’ category in The Sunday Times: British Homes Awards. We also collaborated with Bouygues, Waterloo Housing Group and Homes England to create these ground-breaking homes.

The 14 affordable homes, built to the rigorous Passivhaus standard was officially opened by HRH The Princess Royal last September.  In October it was named Best Green Scheme in the 24housing Awards 2018.

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.

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.

Importance of Affordable Housing

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.

Warwickshire Rural Housing Association said: “Our aim was to use innovative features and clever design to achieve space heating costs which are 70 cent less than in standard house construction.  Morton Wykes Kramer interpreted our brief excellently, designing a ground-breaking development of low energy homes which is fully in keeping with the local area”.

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. You can view the shortlist here.


Shortlisted in the British Homes Awards