Elite NuGEN is celebrating winning three prestigious awards in a matter of days, bringing national recognition to its expertise in building sustainable homes using modern methods of construction.
The sustainable housebuilder, which is based in Gosport, Hampshire, was announced as the winner of two separate categories in the WhatHouse? Awards – receiving a gold in the best sustainable development category, as well as a silver in the best small housebuilder section.
The announcement follows on from the company’s success in the British Homes Awards a week previously, where it was awarded the top prize in the sustainable development of the year category.
The award wins recognise the innovation and overall calibre of Elite NuGEN’s project at Priddy’s Hard in Gosport – an zero-carbon development of 39 eco-friendly homes on the disused military brownfield site.
The new homes have eco-credentials, with modern methods of construction, careful choice of materials to create properties with lower embedded carbon, and the latest renewable energy and home technology systems, combining to create homes with a 75% lower energy usage than a standard home – and a 75% saving on energy bills.
Popularity of the award-winning homes has been high, with 50% of the new properties sold off-plan.
The homes were built on the site of a former Naval Fortress built in the 1750s, which played a vital role making munitions until it was decommissioned in the 1980s.
Despite its numerous historically important buildings and structures, the area had become overgrown and dilapidated, as previous plans by another developer had failed to meet with approval.
After three years of negotiations with the Environment Agency, Natural England, Historic England, planning officers and ecology groups, Elite NuGEN’s scheme for an initial 39 new homes, plus the refurbishment of Grade II listed buildings to form a new military museum, brewery, and gastro pub, was approved.
The plan forms part of a £30m regeneration scheme between Elite and Portsmouth Naval Base Property Trust that will provide housing, enable historic buildings to be revived and re-used, bring new jobs and visitors into the locality, and boost the economy across Gosport and the wider area.
The comment from the judging panel on the WhatHouse? Awards praised Priddy’s Hard as “a blueprint for green living strikes gold”.
The comment read: “It is rare to find a housing development that oozes such environmental conscience and eco-authenticity.”
The judges praised the company for its commitment to using modern methods of construction, including setting up its own timber factory next to the development for convenient off-site construction, as well as for using renewable energy, incorporating flood management and carefully relocating wildlife; summing up the project as “a flagship development across the water from HMS Victory”.
Director David Craddock said: “We are so proud to have been recognised amongst the very best of the UK’s housebuilding industry.”
Commenting on the sustainable development of the year at the British Homes Awards, he added: “This award means even more this year, coming at the end of COP26, where the whole world has been looking at the impacts of climate change.
“This shows how we, in our small way, are trying to address and overcome them.”
Main Image: David Craddock, founder of Elite NuGEN, celebrates success
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