Russell Barlow

8th May 2014

Affordable Housing Work is a Home Comfort for Brewster Bye


LEEDS based Brewster Bye is reinforcing its position as one of the UK’s leading architecture practices operating in the affordable housing sector after winning contracts to deliver 935 affordable homes over the next 12 months.

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Brewster Bye works across all sectors of the property industry but its work in the affordable housing sector has been a major growth area recently. In the last two years alone, the firm has worked on more than 1,000 affordable homes on behalf of housing associations throughout the UK.

This trend looks set to continue following a number of new contract wins including 54 new affordable homes at Hob Moor in York on behalf of Yorkshire Housing and a new development in Northwich that consists of 42 units for Strategic Team Group. In April, planning permission was also granted for a £5.8m development that will consist of 47 new homes on Maltings Road in Halifax that will be developed by Home Group.

Earlier this month Brewster Bye won the prestigious residential category at the RICS East Midlands Awards, for its work on Greenwich Gardens in Derby. The innovative scheme consists of 98 one and two bedroom apartments for older people as well as being a valuable community facility with a restaurant, lounge, bistro cafe, library and fitness centre.

Mark Henderson, a Director at Brewster Bye, says: “To win this RICS award in recognition of the quality of our work is great news for us and demonstrates the standard or design and attention to detail that goes into all our projects. Importantly, it also shows that affordable housing when designed properly, can be high quality, innovative and of an excellent standard in order to compete for prestigious awards, which is extremely positive for both the sector as a whole as well as our clients.

“We have a strong track record of successfully finding and agreeing land deals and then managing the projects, from the planning stage right through to delivery, on behalf of social housing clients throughout the UK. As a result we are winning some substantial contracts in the sector which we’re delighted with, because it’s a key part of our business and looks set to be a big growth area for us over the next couple of years.”