Development designs up for awards

Two Ebbsfleet Garden City schemes, including a primary school design and affordable housing development have been nominated for major awards.

Unity Gardens (above), created by Clarion Housing in Castle Hill, has been nominated for the First Time Buyer Readers’ Awards, which will be held on 26 April.

The online entry for Unity Gardens, nominated for the Best New Development in the South award, said: “During a time when the south-east faces a chronic housing shortage, Clarion Housing’s Unity Gardens development provides a ray of hope – particularly for those on lower incomes.” 

The awards page described the south of England as “a highly competitive market place, where the construction of new homes is increasing".

It added that its nominations recognised “an exceptional range of new homes that stand out from the crowd, while remaining accessible to first time buyers".

Unity Gardens offers contemporary new homes at Castle Hill in Ebbsfleet Garden City, and launched its 65 two and three-bedroom properties available through shared ownership last September.

Another top nomination was for architects Lee Evans Partnership, based in London and Canterbury, shortlisted in this year’s Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) annual awards for its design of Cherry Orchard Primary School and community centre in Castle Hill. 

This is the first school to open in Ebbsfleet Garden City and the scheme has been shortlisted in the Community Benefit category at the RICS Awards – South East.

The site where Cherry Orchard Primary Academy is based is co-occupied by Castle Hill Community Centre, where both are at the heart of the new village.

The RICS Awards – South East will announce its winners at a ceremony in Southampton on 16 May.

There is still time to vote for Clarion Housing’s Unity Gardens scheme at