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Bearbrook, known as Drakes Place, a new development of 75 homes in central Aylesbury designed by HTA with Wates Living Space was ‘Highly Commended’ for Design on Wednesday evening at Aylesbury Vale District Council (AVDC) Design Awards.

The awards recognise and celebrate local building projects which make a positive contribution to the environment and set a good design example to other developments in the district.

Officers from Aylesbury Vale District Council commended the client and design team for delivering such a high quality scheme above the council’s expectations.

“The scheme has created evocative, original architecture including terraces, townhouses and apartments. Its proximity to Bearbrook provides a green corridor and mature trees have been retained on the site.” - AVDC Judges

The project exemplifies HTA Design’s single-point design service we offer to clients, with all design disciplines from architectural, planning, landscape, graphics and sustainability contributing to the design and delivery of this high quality residential-led regeneration scheme.

The judges commended all of the schemes which received awards, noting that these schemes were being delivered during the recession.
Drakes Place was Highly Commended alongside the Oving Village Hall, a new community asset for the village.

The winner, The Flint House, scooped the award for Outstanding Design, a residential property which takes the form of two flint wedge designed by Skene Catling de la Peña Architects.

Working closely alongside our client Wates, HTA won the redevelopment of this former hospital site in Aylesbury in 2012 through a competitive tender process to provide 75 new homes on a redundant brownfield site owned by the HCA.

The project was a joint venture between Wates Living Space and the Homes and Communities Agency, with Affordable Housing to be managed by Catalyst Housing Group.

Councillor Carole Paternoster, Cabinet Member for Growth Strategy said, “The AVDC Design Awards are now in their twenty-second year, and the quality of design continues to increase year by year. I am delighted that so many developers and residents are taking up our challenge to achieve high quality design on developments throughout the Vale”.