Two shortlists in this year BD AYA awards

26 Jun 2024

Private Housing Architect of the Year

HTA’s submission includes four projects that together total more than 1700 homes, with some 900 already completed and occupied. They represent the full breadth of solutions needed to tackle the housing emergency and restore the health and prosperity of the UK. Each project meets the highest standards of design and sustainability, underpinned by a sensitivity to context, client, and tenure.

college road co-living

Leading the innovation is College Road, near East Croydon station, which provides 817 Co-living studios and extensive shared amenity space alongside 120 affordable homes. At 50 storeys, it’s the world’s tallest modular building, delivered in just 30 months and projected to have around 40% less embodied carbon than traditional construction. A striking colonnade will link East Croydon to the town’s cultural quarter.

affordable homes lobby

By contrast, Woodside Park in north London delivers 86 affordable homes at discounted market sale for first-time buyers living or working in Barnet. Making the most productive use of a disused TfL service yard with exquisite hit-and-miss brickwork facades of each core, enclosing an elegant new communal courtyard.

Glassworks is the third building to be completed within HTA’s Greenford Quay masterplan, and harnesses modern methods of construction to complete more than 1000 homes in just 5 years since gaining planning consent.

Finally, Botanical House secured detailed planning consent to deliver 447 homes on the side of a disused hotel, also in East Croydon. Construction is expected to start on site later this year, and the homes will target BREEAM Outstanding and a range of higher sustainable living standards.

Best Architect Employer of the Year

HTA’s mission is to create great places to live by creating great places to work. We consider the health, well-being, and professional development of every practice member critical to our success.

Whilst 2023 was one of the most economically challenging years of recent times, with the housing sector suffering particularly acutely, we continued to progress our plan to achieve the very best employment practices and promote them across our professions and the construction industry.

We adopted a more flexible approach to resourcing across our studios to better respond to every project opportunity and offer new career opportunities for staff. This approach helped avoid significant cuts and secured some fantastic new commissions.

Over the past year, we have expanded our flexible working policies, establishing a productive balance of collaborative studio working and convenient homeworking; launched our new ‘Career Maps & Salary Guide’ offering clarity on routes to promotion and improved pay; established an internal Mentoring Programme; maintained our focus on training, learning and development; and established bi-annual reporting against our Carbon Reduction Plan and EDI Strategies. Our commitment to social and environmental responsibility was underpinned by a B-Corp score of 136.1, one of the highest in the industry.

Through this, HTA is able to present a confident future for our staff, our clients and the communities we serve.