Sustainable developer celebrates double award shortlist

The developer behind the UK’s largest development of Passive Houses – at Little Kelham in inner-city Sheffield – has been shortlisted for two leading industry awards, thanks to its neighbourhood regeneration projects which are driven by design, innovation, community and sustainability.

Yorkshire-based Citu has been shortlisted in the category of “Built Environment” at the Guardian Sustainability Awards 2014 for Little Kelham, which will comprise 107 new build Passive Houses as well as the regeneration of Victorian buildings at the former steel foundry site in Sheffield.

The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors – RICS – has also shortlisted Citu in its “Design Through Innovation” category for the RICS Awards 2014.

It has picked out Citu’s Greenhouse development  in Leeds which the developer transformed from a derelict hostel into a collection of distinctive homes and offices powered by sustainable energy.  

The top industry awards, which attract entries from the UK’s leading developers and innovators, shine a light on the people and projects which are helping businesses do better, not just for their own bottom line, but for the environment and society too.

Aisling Ramshaw at Citu said:

“We are delighted to have been shortlisted for both of these prestigious industry awards, which reinforce the positive potential of our developments when it comes to creating sustainable homes for the future.

“As a developer it is important for us look at ways in which our homes can help those living in them lead a more sustainable lifestyle, offering them a greater choice and providing a bigger push for energy efficient homes.

“But what makes a place truly sustainable is its community.

“We want to galvanise communities and empower people through collective ownership of utilities allowing them to take control of their investments which will in turn influence their behaviour towards energy consumption.

“We use district utility systems, run via a co-operative based company to give our communities control and a share in their energy futures.

“We are really proud of what we have achieved with all of our projects and hope that Little Kelham and Greenhouse will become  of sustainable communities, helping breathe new life into under used areas.”

Little Kelham, located in the Kelham Island area of Sheffield, will consist of 153 homes which combine innovative technology with social breakthroughs.

107 of the homes will be built using Passive House construction techniques designed to minimise air leakage and heat homes using passive energy – meaning very little heating is required. Additional energy will be created via photovoltaic panels.

Greenhouse, located in South Leeds, is a pioneering sustainable mixed-use development of 172 apartments, 12 creative work spaces and on-site gym and deli.

The design combines an existing 1930s hostel building with new build to create one of the most progressive sustainable developments in the UK.

Already it has won 32 awards since launching in 2011, thanks to its use of renewable technologies such as ground source heat pumps, solar thermal panels, roof mounted wind turbines to help reduce resident’s electricity requirements and increase sustainability in the broadest sense.

The Guardian’s Built Environment award recognises innovative developments that are at the leading edge of approaches to reducing the built environment’s negative environmental impacts and raising its positive social impact.

Winners in this category will be announced at a ceremony at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) on May 14.

The RICS awards show- case the most inspirational regional initiatives and developments in land, property, construction and the environment.

Each of the eight categories, demonstrating how property professionals use their skills to develop, regenerate and conserve the environment in which they live and work.

Winners will be announced on May 23. 

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