Award for innovative housing project in Bury St Edmunds

Celebrity host Miles Jupp, Barry Chambers, Head of the School of Construction; Kevin Hurry, Building Services lecturer and Ben Denton from sponsors Keepmote. ANL-161019-162308001

Celebrity host Miles Jupp, Barry Chambers, Head of the School of Construction; Kevin Hurry, Building Services lecturer and Ben Denton from sponsors Keepmote. ANL-161019-162308001

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An innovative housing project that saw students working alongside a housing association to build homes in Bury St Edmunds has won a top award.

More than 200 West Suffolk College students worked with Havebury Housing Partnership on the design and building of three houses and four flats in Mitchell Avenue.

The project, known as College Mews, has now been awarded the Joint Venture development of the Year by Inside Housing Top 60 Developments.

One of the judges said the collaboration was ‘a refreshing and innovative approach and one that should be promoted’. They added that it ‘delivered affordable housing whilst letting in the next generation to spearhead solving the housing crisis’ and ‘every college should utilise this approach’.

The project, which was completed last August and cost less than £900,000, was part funded by the Homes and Communities Agency.

Lindsey Johnson, vice principal curriculum and quality, said they are ‘delighted’ the collaboration has been recognised and ‘indebted’ to Havebury for the opportunity. She said: “Degree students were instrumental in designing the homes, and teams of building and construction students worked alongside professionals to develop their own skills through real work experience on site constructing the new properties.”

Karen Mayhew, chief executive of Havebury, said they are ‘exceptionally proud’ of all the young people involved.