Station Road on track for LABC Grand Finals
We’re delighted to announce that Station Road has just won a 2017 LABC South East Building Excellence Award in the category of Best Social or Affordable New Housing Development.
This charming scheme in Surrey was designed and managed by Churchill Hui for Waverley Borough Council and has already won a Civic Design Award from The Godalming Trust. The regional win means the scheme is now a contender for the LABC Grand Finals later this year.
Built by W. Stirland Ltd., Station Road offers 14 attractive, affordable homes in the heart of Godalming’s town centre with a mix of styles that complement the local area.
Gareth Munro, member of The Godalming Trust executive committee and chairman of the Civic Design Awards sub-committee, said: “We think the Station Road development is a flagship of how a central historic site in a town should be dealt with. It has been so well designed, incorporating a variety of styles. We spent months looking at these new developments and it was Station Road that was the stand-out winner.”
Churchill Hui was the appointed architect after a winning pitch to Waverley Borough Council and Thames Valley Housing Association. The flats are designed to resemble a mill and classical grand house, giving a nod to existing local buildings, and the roof profiles make it possible to maintain views of the landmark church spire. A successful public consultation preceded a smooth planning approval.
The homes appeal to a range of incomes including local singles, couples and families who can benefit from affordable housing close to transports link and town amenities.
One of the new tenants is Dan Eley who carried the Olympic Torch for Waverley and set up the Dan Eley Foundation in 2012. Dan has been paralysed from the waist down since a life-changing accident and requires step-free access, a wet room and wider doorways. Churchill Hui adapted the initial design of the ground floor flat to meet these needs and Dan says he is “very happy” living in the Station Road development.
Neil Manley, MD of Churchill Hui, says: “it was a pleasure to design and manage Station Road for Waverley BC, combining sensitive design with practicality and quality. Competition on awards night was tough so we are absolutely delighted with a regional win from LABC and look forward to the Grand Finals.”