Nottingham development programme highly commended at national housing awards

Robert Woodhead Ltd was Highly Commended at last night’s prestigious UK Housing Awards for its work on the Building a Better Nottingham programme with Nottingham City Homes.

The UK Housing Awards are run by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) and Inside Housing, showcase the very best the housing sector has to offer.

Woodhead, Nottingham City Homes and Nottingham City Council were recognised in the Development Programme of the Year category for their work on the Building a Better Nottingham phases two and three, which included the former Morley school site in St Ann’s, Nottingham.

Overall the programme has delivered 135 new high quality homes across 12 sites in 18 months.

The development stood out to the national judging panel for a number of reasons including:

  • Taking a 257 week build programme and, working together, finding a way to reduce this to 68 weeks, while still delivering efficiency savings – this was getting Nottingham families into new homes quicker, ultimately reducing the waiting list

  • Making sure 79.04% of money spent on the programme was used within 15 miles of each site, keeping local spend a priority

  • Ensuring 98.23% of the waste taken from site was recycled.

Each and every home was constructed, with input from occupational health colleagues, to ensure properties met Lifetime Homes standards, were wheelchair friendly, with wet rooms in all bungalows (and reinforced walls for any potential future changes to the house to support those with mobility issues) not to mention a ‘fabric first’ approach, to ensure the properties were built from the offset to be energy efficient, warm and secure

The former Morley School site was the first Considerate Constructors Scheme social housing Ultra Site across the country, scoring 43/50 compared to a national average of 36/50.


Supporting NCH’s Women in Construction initiative, taking on local St Ann’s resident, Tammy Heathcote, who not only worked hard on the former Morley School site project, but she became the ‘right hand woman’ to the site manager, organising a number of key elements to site activity.

Craig Pygall, Construction Director at Robert Woodhead Ltd, said: “We have been incredibly proud to work with Nottingham City Homes and Nottingham City Council on a variety of projects within the Building a Better Nottingham programme.

“We’re creating brand new homes to serve Nottingham families for generations, as well as working hard to support the local community, local suppliers and sub-contractors while we’re on site. Being Highly Commended at a national level is a testament to the fantastic collaborative work all three organisations forged to deliver quality homes.”