First new Phoenix homes beat Spur’s Stadium to award

Updated: 9 March 2020 at 08:00am

Phoenix's first development of new homes has won a national design award against competitors including the new Tottenham Hotspur's Stadium. 

The extra care scheme at Hazelhurst Court, made up of 60 homes for older people, was given the Selwyn Goldsmith Award for Universal Design at the Civic Trust Awards. The award is given each year to a building that goes above and beyond what is required to create an environment that is welcome, flexible and empowers everyone to use it with dignity and equality.

Other projects shortlisted included The Painted Hall in Greenwich and the new Tottenham Hotspur’s stadium.

Hazelhurst Court is a development for people aged over 55 with a dementia-friendly design. With older people often spending more time indoors, Hazelhurst Court brings the outdoors in, with homes accessed by external covered walkways and windowboxes for residents to grow flowers and vegetables.

Fully accessible, the building is designed to be safe and secure while enabling anyone with mobility issues to get around it independently.

Michael Boniface, a resident of Hazelhurst Court, said: “I wanted to move to Hazelhurst Court because my flat was too big and I wanted the peace-of-mind that being in a secure, staffed building brings. And it’s been the best move I could have made. I’m enjoying my life in Hazelhurst.”

We built Hazelhurst Court with the intention of it setting the standard to which we’d build all our residential developments. We have since completed four new houses at Woodbank Road, with plans to welcome new tenants to Nuthatch House and shared owners to Springbank Court in the spring.

Jim Ripley, Chief Executive of Phoenix Community Housing, said: “A good home in a thriving community is the bedrock on which people can build happy lives. No matter what age you are or what circumstances you face, everyone deserves a home in which you can live with dignity. These new homes at Hazelhurst Court are not only brilliant for their new inhabitants, but free up much needed social housing for other families and individuals in need in our community.”

When existing Phoenix residents moved to their new homes at Hazelhurst Court, it enabled individuals and families to move into their former homes. Hazelhurst Court enabled 30 chain lettings so that more of our community could find homes that better suited their needs.

Hazelhurst Court has also won at the RIBA London Awards, the Housing Design Awards, and the Inside Housing Development Awards.