Hale End Court, Woking’s latest housing scheme for older residents, has won Building Project of the Year over £10 million at the Constructing Excellence SECBE Awards 2022.
The Building Project of the Year award recognises developments that deliver outstanding outcomes for all those involved in a construction project. The criteria for the award include great teamwork between client and supply chain, a low environmental impact, high levels of innovation and technical achievement, outstanding customer satisfaction and being delivered on time and within budget.
Cllr Ellen Nicholson, Woking Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for Living Well, said: “It is brilliant that the hard work of so many parties in bringing Hale End Court to life has been recognised by this award. From the very beginning, this project has set out to deliver a modern and comfortable home for our residents, while minimising the environmental impact and meeting time and budget targets.
“As the average age of the population continues to rise, it is of the utmost importance that we are able to provide our older residents in Woking with the facilities to live safely and independently as long as possible. The design of Hale End Court means that we can be confident that even our most vulnerable residents can live comfortably, in a home designed to meet all their needs.
“Not only has the output of this project been so successful, it has also been delivered on time and within budget despite the challenges caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. We are delighted that this achievement has been recognised at the Constructing Excellence SECBE Awards.
“Congratulations to all those who played a part in bringing this fantastic building to life.”
Speaking about Hale End Court, the judges said: “We saw that the input and commitment of an intelligent client had impacted positively on all aspects of the project’s success, and saw a really proactive and collaborative team that dealt professionally and effectively with a plethora of challenges.
“This led to a project which hit all of the client’s aspirations, and evoked pride from consultants, constructors, residents and the community.
“Overall a highly collaborative project, with an intelligent client at its heart, delivered on time, on budget with an exemplary Health & Safety record, intelligently utilising digital design techniques. A credit to all involved and a worthy category winner.”
Hale End Court opened in November 2021, offering supported housing to those with additional needs to help them remain as independent as possible. The building consists of 48 self contained flats, comprising 45 one-bedroom properties and three two-bedroom properties.
Accommodation at Hale End Court is suitable for most wheelchair users, complete with lift access, wet rooms and adapted kitchens. During the week, tenants are able to take part in daily activities and enjoy affordable meals in the communal dining room.
The £16.7 million building also boasts a beautiful courtyard and roof terrace, fully accessible for all tenants.