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New Homes on York's Terry's Site Win National Design Award

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1:33pm 28th May 2014

New homes currently being built on the site of the former Terry’s chocolate factory in York have received national recognition in a high-profile architectural award.

The Chocolate Works, which is being developed by David Wilson Homes Yorkshire East and will eventually deliver more than 300 urgently-needed new homes for the city of York, is the only housing development in Yorkshire to reach the live projects shortlist of the national Housing Design Awards.

The second year in a row that the company has achieved success in these awards in conjunction with renowned architects Richards Partington Associates, with the design of its Derwenthorpe development winning last year.

Paul Newman, MD of David Wilson Homes Yorkshire East said: “The listed buildings of the former Terry’s factory are so important to York’s heritage. That’s why we’ve taken every step possible, by working with one of the country’s top architects, to ensure the architecture of the new homes we’re building both reflects that heritage and creates a design statement in its own right.”

This prestigious Housing Design Awards programme was founded more than 60 years ago, and recognises the very best housing architecture design across the UK. It is backed by many of the building industry’s most influential organisations, including several government departments, architectural body the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the Home Builders Federation (HBF).

The National Housing Awards shortlisting joins a growing list of accolades for The Chocolate Works development, which includes scoring a maximum 12 out of 12 in the Design Council’s Building for Life assessment scheme. This praised the designers for the way the scheme integrates with its surroundings and links with the historic references of the former Terry’s site.

Work is well underway on phase one of The Chocolate Works, which comprises 57 houses, 29 apartments and a retail unit.  The development will provide a mix of property types, from one-bedroom apartments to five-bedroom houses, with the first buyers expected to move in by March 2015.

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