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A Bradford first wins Lovell prestigious sustainability award

10 Oct 11 Affordable housing specialist Lovell has reinforced its reputation for delivering high quality sustainable homes by winning The Legacy Award for Sustainability at this year’s Yorkshire and Humber Construction Best Practice awards.

Lovell received the honour for its pioneering work on Bradford’s first zero-carbon homes at Pavilion Gardens, Longfield Drive.

Bradford Council and the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) jointly funded the £5.6 million scheme, the first council house project in Bradford for 30 years, to help ease the demand for affordable homes.

Twelve of the properties have been classed as Code 6 on the Government's Code for Sustainable Homes, meaning they produce zero carbon dioxide emissions. Features such as solar photovoltaic panels and high levels of insulation are designed to make the homes carbon-neutral and reduce occupants' energy bills by an estimated average of £500 a year.

The judges’ praised the quality of the development, commenting: “This project went over and above the usual offering of sustainable technologies as it included significant social, training, health and safety benefits. Lovell achieved a level of sustainability on a scale that has not been readily achieved elsewhere and should be used as a blueprint for others to follow.

“Although a hotly contested category with the highest number of entries, the judges felt this scheme was a worthy winner as it provided the first Code 6 homes in our region.”

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Noel Adams, Lovell regional director says: “This award reflects the high standards and quality we deliver as a team, not just in construction, but in training and employment for local people.

“We are proud to have worked with the HCA, Bradford Council and Yorkshire Housing on this project, and intend to continue investing in the development of low-carbon buildings and helping create communities focused on sustainable living.”

Councillor Val Slater, executive member for housing at Bradford Council says: “It is a terrific achievement for the Pavilion Gardens development to be honoured at these awards.

“With 12 of the properties being the first in the region to reach Code 6 they really do represent best practice. We should be proud such pioneering work is being carried out in Bradford, especially as the scheme involved a number of local firms.”

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