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12th May 2021 | posted in News
We have been shortlisted in both the Northern Housing Awards and the Inside Housing Development Awards.
This is for the our development known as The Sidings in Darlington.
The 73-home affordable housing scheme consists of two and three-bedroom houses, two-bedroom bungalows and one-bedroom apartments. The centrepiece of the development is a listed railway engine shed which was sympathetically converted into seven mews-type homes.
The Northern Housing Awards have shortlisted the Association in the category of best development for social/affordable rent, with the winners being announced at a virtual awards ceremony on 13th May.
The Inside Housing Development Awards have shortlisted the Association in the category of best urban development outside London, with the winners being announced in November.
If successful in either, Railway Housing Association will be able to add this to the Chartered Institute of Housing award it picked up for the same scheme at the end of 2020.
Railway Housing Association Chief Executive Anne Rowlands said: “We’re delighted to have had further recognition for The Sidings and just to be short-listed is a fantastic achievement because we know lots of entries are submitted.
“It’s a scheme we are very proud of and hopefully we will have more reasons to celebrate in the coming months.”
The engine shed which forms the centrepiece of The Sidings development originally housed railway engines operated by the Great North of England Railway. In 2008, despite becoming a target for vandals over the years, it was granted Grade II listed status, with English Heritage saying: “it is a rare surviving example of a first-generation railway engine shed and it is highly significant for the evolution of early railway building design."