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Hamilton Architects ‘Make a Real Difference’ by Delivering an Award-Winning Social Housing Scheme in Derry

Clon Elagh Housing Complex
A social housing project delivered by Hamilton’s Derry team has scooped a prestigious award at the CIH Housing Awards 2018.

The awards recognise those who make a real difference not only to housing but to the lives of ordinary people and the communities in which they live.

A public vote gave the Best Large Housing Development award to Clon Elagh at Skeoge Link in the city. The design and delivery of 197 general and complex needs dwellings included houses, apartments and a wheelchair accessible home.

Project Architect Simon Doran said: “Hamilton Architects proactively integrated an involved ourselves in the main contractor's meetings to ensure that quality was at the heart of the project and embedded into the works rather than a 'bolt on' extra.”

As a key component of an overarching masterplan for housing for the area, the scheme provides landscaping and open areas in line with this larger vision.

Considerable remodelling of earthworks was carried out due to the steep topography of the site and specialist acoustic, geo-technical and ecological disciplines were brought into play.

One of the challenges was to satisfy the requirements for modern access and parking standards while maintaining the housing density required by the client.

CIH Director Nicola McCrudden said: “Our awards recognise the amazing work being done to support people with housing needs across our many diverse communities in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

“Housing is an incredibly challenging sector, and particularly so with the political situation and budget pressures in Northern Ireland. But housing professionals persevere and carry out work that is fundamental to people’s lives. It is vital to celebrate the contribution the sector makes to society.

“As always, the standard was incredibly high and the judges spent a lot of time choosing the overall winners from each category; this is a measure of the amount of great work being done across the sector.”