6 September 2019

Optivo were the winners of the Best Scheme in Planning (30+ units) award at the National Housing Awards 2019 for their scheme Alton Road.

74 Alton Road is a 100% affordable housing development which will provide high quality homes to meet specific local needs. It will include 54 apartments that will be available through shared ownership. The remaining 41 properties are extra care accommodation designed to meet the changing needs of older people who require enhanced levels of support and assistance.

The site sits close to the edge of a conservation area with a backdrop of mature trees and a golf course, so the design was carefully considered to blend with and complement its surroundings. The result is a well-spaced addition to the street scene, where the new apartments will occupy a series of three pavilions, while the extra care wing, which is lower in height, will face onto the parkland. All the properties will be built to a high standard with generous floor space, a dual aspect outlook, good communal facilities and attractive, innovative outdoor space.

Judges' comments

A great, 100% affordable regeneration scheme in an established area thoughtfully designed both aesthetically and for the people that are going to reside there. Making elderly/ extra care work as part of an overall scheme is difficult and brave, especially when land values favour easier types of development.

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Winner: Optivo

Optivo was formed in May 2017 from a partnership between AmicusHorizon and Viridian Housing. It's now one of the largest housing providers in the UK with 44,000 affordable homes across London, the South East and the Midlands and an annual turnover of £306 million. By joining AmicusHorizon and Viridian together, Optivo has created additional capacity to build more properties across sought-after areas in London and the south of England.

Best Scheme in Planning (30+ units) 2019: Alton Road