New housing development wins national award
Casson Court, a new housing and care development in Thorne, Doncaster has won a national award ahead of its official opening in 2019. The Court was recognised at the Inside Housing Development Awards in the Best Partnership category due to the partnership working between Housing & Care 21, Doncaster Council and Historic England to develop a site holding a sixteenth century medieval motte-and-bailey castle. Casson Court was constructed by energy and regeneration specialist ENGIE and is one of Housing & Care 21’s fourth in the area.
The Inside Housing Development Awards is a national industry ceremony, celebrating the UK’s best landlords, developers and architects. Housing & Care 21 collaborated with Doncaster Council to secure a location, which will help preserve and maintain the Peel Hill Motte, the remains of a historic Motte and Bailey castle.
An expert panel of judges including the likes of Homes England and the Housing and Finance Institute deliberated over the many entries received. Casson Court was announced as the winner at the black tie awards ceremony on Thursday 29 November at The Brewery in London.
Upon opening Casson Court will offer independent living with access to on-site care for those who need it. The Extra Care Court will provide 72 one and two bedroom apartments for rent and shared ownership.
Siobhan Moore, director of development at Housing & Care 21 said: “We were absolutely thrilled to win the award as a result of our hard work on Casson Court.
“We’ve already received great feedback from local people viewing the show home - so to have it recognised nationally too is just the icing on the cake.
“We had a very rare opportunity to hold a piece of Norman history within the development gardens and Doncaster Council’s Strategic Housing team helped us to make this possible. Not only will this provide additional value for future residents of Casson Court, but it will also ensure the preservation of a historic monument.
“All of our courts are built with the community in mind and with such an attraction as the Peel Hill Motte; Casson Court looks set to become a real community hub. After all, how many other housing developments for older people offer the opportunity to make history a part of your future!” she added.
Cllr Glyn Jones, deputy mayor and cabinet member for housing and equalities, said: “This award recognises the tremendous partnership effort between the council and Housing & Care 21.
“Casson Court is an exceptional development which provides our older people with high quality affordable homes with the additional benefit of specialist on-site care and support. This will mean they can live independently for longer. It is another example of how we are committed to delivering homes which suit the needs, budgets and personal circumstances of all Doncaster residents.”
Casson Court is set to open April 2018, for more information please click here.