Rooftop Housing Group is today celebrating the news that one of its recent housing developments, at Blakes Hill, North Littleton, has been recognised for ‘making the most significant improvement to the area in the previous 12 months’.

The annual Certificate of Merit award was issued by the Vale of Evesham Civic Society with David Way, secretary and acting chairman, saying: "For 2013 we singled out the Rooftop houses at Blakes Hill because the ten houses have been built to a very high standard, both architecturally and from an eco point of view, also at a very reasonable price.”

Accepting the award, Rooftop’s Development Director David Hannon, said: “This is a terrific honour for us and I am thrilled that the Civic Society were so enthused about the innovative way that this scheme was put together.” The development at North Littleton comprises ten affordable homes for rent, each of them built to achieve the Code for Sustainable Homes Level 6 which is the highest possible rating of energy efficiency.

“In effect, the homes are carbon-neutral,” added Mr Hannon, “which means residents’ fuel bills are 

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virtually zero.” The project finished ahead of schedule and each property has been let to people with a local connection.

This year the Rooftop Architects for the houses at Blakes Hill, North Littleton joined previous winners including the Regal Cinema and Bengeworth Primary School.

Architects for the houses were Accord InDesign, the timber frames were built at the LoCal Homes factory in Walsall while construction on site was undertaken by Speller Metcalfe. Total cost of the scheme was £1.6 million which included a grant of £280,000 from the Homes and Communities Agency