Eco homes scoop national award

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A Sheffield sustainable homes development has been recognised with a national award for ‘making places better’.

Little Kelham, the plot of new-build eco-friendly homes based at Kelham Island, was named the winner of the North of England category in the Placemaking Awards 2015.

The development comprises 150 low-carbon homes being built on the site of two former factories.

The buildings utilise various environmental features, including harvesting rainwater, adding extra insulation and allowing the homes to be remotely controlled by a smartphone app.

Several keen would-be homeowners queued up overnight to buy one of the properties when the latest batch of homes went on sale.

The ceremony, held at The Royal Institution in London, was set up to recognise the projects and organisations in planning, regeneration, sustainable development and urban design making a difference across the country.

Leeds-based firm Citu, which is in charge of the redevelopment, picked up the award.

Citu’s finance director Fraser Stride said: “We’re delighted that the hard work and thought we have put into Little Kelham has been recognises by such a highly sought-after award.

“Placemaking is a key element of everything we do at Citu. Little Kelyham is all about turning a brown field site into a thriving community where people can both live and work.

“It’s also about integrating what we’re creating at Little Kelham with the wider community in the area.

“The awards ceremony was a great experience and it was a good opportunity to meet like-minded people in the industry.”