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Housing initiative

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Winner: Lewisham LBC

PLACE/Ladywell is a development that uses vacant council land to provide high-quality temporary accommodation for 24 homeless families who would otherwise be in expensive and unsuitable nightly paid accommodation. The project was conceived as a redeployable development, with accommodation that is built offsite and will initially remain on the site of the former Ladywell Leisure Centre for four years. Once future plans for the site are established, the accommodation can be demounted and moved to a new location in the borough. PLACE/Ladywell has been guaranteed for a 60-year lifespan including five moves during that period. It helps to combat the current housing crisis in London through providing much-needed, sustainable temporary accommodation at local housing allowance rates.

Judges’ comments: ”This was an innovative, interesting and replicable approach to a complex problem, which clearly showed a sensitive design for a sensitive client group.”

Highly commended: Gateshead Council

Shortlisted

Brighton & Hove City Council

East Devon DC

Leeds City Council

Rochdale MBC

Telford & Wrekin Council

Wakefield MDC

JUDGES

Stephen Baker, chief executive, Suffolk Coastal and Waveney DCs

Ged Curran, chief executive, Merton LBC

Ged Fitzgerald, chief executive, Liverpool City Council

Sue Smith, outgoing joint chief executive, Cherwell DC and South Northamptonshire Council

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