PHP’s multi-million pound refurbishment of Sterte Court in Poole has received top honours at a national awards ceremony which celebrates innovation across the UK.
The recently completed project drew praise from judges at the National Federation of ALMOs (NFA) awards for helping to “create greener homes and reduce fuel poverty”.
PHP beat fellow ALMOs Solihull Community Housing and Stockport Homes to scoop the prize, which was sponsored by Utilitia Energy and presented during a ceremony hosted by the BBC’s Stuart Pollitt at the Hilton Deansgate, Manchester.
The award recognises the significant improvement PHP has made to the energy efficiency of Sterte Court – a 60-year-old development which provides 134 homes – and how the £7.5m project has impacted positively on residents’ quality of life, especially in helping to tackle fuel poverty.
Residents now benefit from new, fully glazed balconies, new windows, thicker insulation, intelligent heating systems and roof-top photovoltaic panels which provide solar electricity to power communal lifts and lighting.
The ‘green’ measures have ensured that less energy is required to heat each flat. Carbon savings over 25 years are estimated to be 7,072 tonnes compared with the old system, while residents’ fuel bills will be reduced by up to 30% – a cost saving of £150 per year.
Mike Harrison, PHP’s Director of Technical Services, said: “We have spent some time planning this project to give residents the best outcomes, especially in respect of energy running costs, so it’s very rewarding for our work to be recongised on a national level.”
To celebrate PHP’s achievement, and mark the completion of the project, a residents’ community event will take place on Saturday 25th July 2015. The Worshipful Mayor of Poole, Cllr Ann Stribley, will unveil a plaque and launch the Sterte community garden.