Development one of top five

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A development by one of East Anglia’s leading independent housebuilder Hopkins Homes has been named among the top five in the country by the Government’s Housing Design Awards

The scheme, called Tibby’s Triangle in Southwold, consists of 34 houses and apartments built on the old distribution centre of Adnam’s brewery in the town centre. The team of 16 expert judges believes the scheme is the perfect example of a modern interpretation of local East Anglian building traditions, such as clay pantiles, painted brick and low flint garden boundary walls.

Hopkins Homes is based at Melton, near Woodbridge.

The awards, which are 64 years old this year, are a partnership between Government and key industry institutions including all the professional bodies, Royal Town Planning Institute, RICS and Royal Institute of British Architects as well as Department for Health, Department for Communities and Local Government, the Greater London Authority and the government’s housing delivery agency Homes and Communities Agency. The awards send 16 judges to visit completed schemes. Judges travelled more than 1,000 miles this year.

They are experts in everything from energy, daylighting, car parking and, of course, what consumers want. Unlike some awards there are no commercial sponsors so the selection of winners is based entirely on merit.