Hazelhurst Court

We're 'HAPPI' as Hazelhurst Court wins second design award

Updated: 4 July 2018 at 15:39pm

Happiness is winning a second award for our very first residential development project.  

Our new development of extra care homes for older people has been announced winner of the 'HAPPI' category at the Housing Design Awards. The award is recognition of how we adopted the principles of the Housing Our Ageing Population Panel for Innovation (HAPPI) design criteria in the development.

It is the second accolade for Hazelhurst Court - 60 new homes designed by architects Levitt Bernstein - after winning the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) London Awards in May 2018.

The Housing Design Awards are the only awards promoted by all five major professional institutions, RICS, RIBA, RPTI, Landscape Institute, and Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists. They were established by the Government in 1948 and are the only awards scheme that sends a multidisciplinary set of judges to see shortlisted developments.

Phoenix and Levitt Bernstein teams celebrate award

Phoenix Board Vice-Chair Carman Simpson  (pictured second from the left celebrating with Phoenix and Levitt Bernstein staff) said: "As a resident as well as vice-chair I have pride in our first development project and working with the architects has been a great experience. I had lunch with one of the residents who had downsized from a bigger home near Downham Way. She's so happy there."

The first residents moved into Hazelhurst Court in late 2017 and these new homes were built with funding contributions from the Mayor of London and Lewisham Council.

Hazelhurst Court is next door to Beckenham Hill train station. The extra care development is comprised of two new buildings with generous communal spaces including an internal courtyard and fishpond, garden room, café (with commercial kitchen) and TV suite. Each home is dual aspect with balconies and outside spaces that overlook the neighbouring streets and internal courtyards.

This meets the HAPPI criteria of, space and flexibility, daylight in the home and in shared spaces, balconies and outdoor space, adaptability and 'care ready' design, positive use of circulation space, shared facilities and 'hubs', plants, trees, and the natural environment, energy efficiency and sustainable design, storage for belongings and bicycles, external shared surfaces and 'home zones'

Lesley Johnson, Phoenix's Director of Property and New Business, said:  “This latest award is professional confirmation that we've achieved our intent at Hazelhurst Court. Homes designed for real living, in a development that also looks good and enhances its locality and benefits the Phoenix community. It's also testimony to team work and partnership.”

Irene Craik, Director at Levitt Bernstein said: “We’re over the moon that Hazelhurst Court has won a HAPPI Award at the Housing Design Awards, particularly considering the number of high quality schemes shortlisted this year. This accolade is testament to the commitment of ourselves and Phoenix to make the most of every millimetre and create a high quality environment that is so important for the residents’ physical and mental wellbeing.”

Extra care homes at Hazelhurst Court are available for affordable rent through Lewisham Council. Care is provided to residents with an identified care need by Genesis Notting Hill Housing.

Following the completion of Hazelhurst Court, Phoenix is now embarking on the development of more new homes thanks to £60million investment from the Pension Insurance Corporation.