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Excellence award for new North Belfast homes

By Christine Ashfield
Published on: 22 April, 2013

Clanmil Housing Association’s development of 46 new homes at Sunningdale Gardens in North Belfast has received a national Excellence Award from Premier Guarantee, one of the UK’s leading providers of structural warranty and insurance services.

Neal Doggett of Premier Guarantee presents the Excellence Award to Clare McCarty, Chief Executive of Clanmil Housing, and Declan McCormack of Hugh J O'Boyle at the new development.

Neal Doggett of Premier Guarantee presents the Excellence Award to Clare McCarty, Chief Executive of Clanmil Housing, and Declan McCormack of Hugh J O’Boyle at the new development.

The annual Premier Guarantee Excellence Awards recognise the very best of the UK housing market, showcasing the importance of quality construction in improving the standard of living for all.

This year over 1,500 developments throughout the UK were considered across 10 categories.  The developments were judged on the quality of workmanship and build and 56 were selected as winners. The Sunningdale Gardens development was successful in the Social Housing Development of the Year category.

The development, which is being built for Clanmil by Hugh J O’Boyle Ltd, will provide 38 family homes and eight apartments.  The new homes are being built to high levels of energy efficiency and to Lifetime Homes and Secured by Design standards, ensuring added security for tenants and flexibility of adaptation if required at a later date.

The first phase of the development, comprising 12 houses and 2 apartments, was handed over to tenants in December 2012.  The remaining 32 homes are scheduled for completion by the beginning of June.

Clare McCarty, Chief Executive of Clanmil Housing Association, was delighted to receive the award from Neal Doggett of Premier Guarantee.  Clare said:

“Clanmil is committed to providing housing that really meet our tenants’ needs, both in terms of affordable rents and quality, and we are delighted that the high standard of our new homes at Sunningdale Gardens has been recognised in this way.  Everyone involved in the scheme’s design and construction has worked really hard to deliver great homes for our tenants to live in.  Our contractor, Hugh J O’Boyle Ltd has done an excellent job and this award is also a well deserved acknowledgment of the company’s high standards and professionalism.

“Our first tenants are now well settled at Sunningdale Close and we are really looking forward to welcoming tenants to the remaining homes in just a few weeks time.  We are very grateful to local community and political representatives who have supported us in delivering this development, and we look forward to continuing to work with them in promoting a good neighbourhood at the scheme.”

Neal Doggett, Business Account Manager at Premier Guarantee, congratulated both Clanmil and Hugh J O’Boyle Ltd.  He said:

“The judges were very impressed with the high standard of design, build and site management at Sunningdale Gardens. Clanmil and Hugh J O’Boyle are well deserving winners in a highly competitive category.”

ENDS

Notes to Editors:
Clanmil Housing is a leading housing associations and currently owns and manages almost 3,500 homes throughout Northern Ireland including family homes, homes for single people, independent living schemes for older people, housing with care for frail older people and supported housing for older people with dementia.  Clanmil aims to provide high quality homes at the lowest possible economic rent for everyone in housing need.

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