01 Oct 2021

Nationwide’s Oakfield Development Scoops Coveted Housing Design Award As It Puts Community At Heart

Nationwide Building Society’s Oakfield development in Swindon - one of the UK’s largest energy-efficient housing projects - has landed a prestigious housing award in recognition of its community-centric design.

The Building for a Healthy Life award, awarded by Design for Homes, comes as part of the Housing Design Awards 2021. It recognises housing developments which have been built to create places that are better for people and nature.

The £50 million Oakfield development will be one of the largest off-gas developments in the UK, with all 239 homes set to be EPC-A rated. Nationwide is fully funding the development and has brought together experts, such as Igloo Regeneration, Metworks and PRP, to build homes which are fit for the future. The development will have a wide variety of homes, from two to four-bedroom terraced houses to smaller apartments, with 30 per cent allocated for affordable housing. Each property is built to leading environmental standards with a host of green innovations to help people live more sustainably.

Since announcing its intentions for Oakfield at the end of 2017, Nationwide has been in regular dialogue with local people, businesses, and community groups in Swindon, involving them to ensure the project meets their expectations and needs. Such an approach helped ensure there were zero formal objections when Nationwide submitted its plans for the site in 2019. The first homes are expected to be ready to move into in 2022. 

Sara Bennison, Chief Product and Marketing Officer, Nationwide Building Society, said: “It’s fantastic to be recognised by Design for Homes with this award. It’s testament to Nationwide’s commitment to creating a sustainable and community-focused housing development which will provide wonderful homes that are truly fit for the future. We hope our new approach to creating high-quality homes that put community at the heart of design will become a blueprint for future projects across the UK. This is why we will be sharing all of our learnings and plans from this development in order to help create positive change. It shows you don’t have to be a housebuilder to build homes and make a difference.”

Oakfield, and the ambition to deliver a blueprint for good quality, sustainable homes, is just one aspect of Nationwide’s green homes strategy. The Society, alongside 12 other organisations, recently called on the government to commit to a national retrofit strategy, identifying seven guiding principles that will help make the UK’s 29 million homes greener. Nationwide is committed to providing homeowners with the confidence and support to create a green housing revolution to help tackle the climate emergency.

Kate Barber-Lomax, Oakfield’s Development Manager at igloo, said: “We’re thrilled that Oakfield has won the inaugural Building for a Healthy Life award, recognising the application of Igloo’s Footprint process throughout the design and construction stages and Nationwide’s community focused approach to building homes. The masterplan features many deliberate design decisions to promote the health and wellbeing of residents, encourage neighbourliness and connection with both nature and the wider community.  All this sits alongside the green credentials of the scheme, and we’re very proud of how the development is pushing the boundaries for People, Place and Planet.”

Notes to editors

About Igloo - http://www.iglooregeneration.co.uk/

Igloo is one of the UK’s leading impact developers. Our purpose is to lead the way in making places that people love, and the planet needs. We are a certified Benefit Corporation (B-Corp) (we were the first in the real estate sector in the UK), so our purpose is legally enshrined in our company Articles. Igloo’s Footprint® methodology ensures that our purpose is manifested in our projects.  It drives positive social, economic and sustainability impact across six Dimensions:  Community & Wellbeing (People), Placemaking & Nature (Place) and Circular & Climate (Planet).  The process and its outcomes are scrutinised quarterly by our Footprint Advisory Board (FAB) chaired by Julie Hirogoyen (CEO, UK Green Building Council) and four others (all of similar national stature, including Anne Power, Emeritus Professor, Housing and Communities, LSE).  Together, they bring external perspective, sector expertise, horizon scanning, and challenge. Igloo has a proven development track record.  Over 20 years we have been trusted to deliver major regeneration development projects for significant UK financial institutions (including PfP Capital, Aviva Investors, and Nationwide Building Society), public-sector authorities (including Homes England, the GLA, Sunderland, Nottingham and Newcastle City Councils), and community groups (including Leathermarket CBS and Styles House TMO). Igloo’s sister company, Igloo Investment Management, an FCA regulated company, has expertise in sourcing and securing impact-focussed development funding.

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