PRP's Specialist Housing team has been successful for the fourth year running in winning a Housing Design Award within the recently established 'HAPPI' Category which was initiated to re-establish the links between Health and Housing.
Prince Charles House in St Austell, won the HAPPI Completed Award 2013.
This exemplar supported housing scheme for older people is a compact three storey building and the first significant demonstrator project for the Cornwall Eco-town. It was designed to achieve a BREEAM rating of OUTSTANDING and inspired by the HAPPI report findings. The scheme was built for clients, Ocean Housing.
The HDA Judges commented:
"We could not have imagined a project which would incorporate the ethos of the HAPPI principles so thoroughly" and "it should subsequently be reviewed as a benchmark for HAPPI quality standards."
This is PRP's fifth Housing Design Award in four years and an amazing achievement as we celebrate our 50th Anniversary!
One of the most serious housing challenges facing our society is the provision of appropriate accommodation to address the demographic 'time bomb' presented by a rapidly ageing population.
Over the past twenty years we have assembled a team of skilled and knowledgeable architects to focus specifically on the housing and care facilities for older people and others with particular needs. Our very broad client base has enabled us to develop a very thorough understanding of the full range of accommodation models being developed.
Our experience in this sector is grounded in the sheer number and range of projects that we have designed and completed, in our willingness to absorb new ideas and in our research and development in the field where we have written a number of design guides and publications.
The HAPPI Report (Housing our Ageing Population Panel for Innovation) was published in early December 2009 and Roger Battersby, PRP's Managing Director, was appointed to the panel of 13 experts, chaired by Lord Richard Best. Roger visited all the exemplar projects and was able to make a significant contribution to the panel's deliberations by drawing from PRP's decades of experience in the sector.
We are widely recognised as leading architects in housing for older people where our projects embrace public and private sector provision and range from small specialist care homes to large retirement villages.