Drew Smith's Quebec Park has been awarded the 'Best Use of Brownfield Land' Award by the Planning Awards 2019 at a ceremony held at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Library in London on 4th June. The scheme was nominated for the award by project architects, Architecture PLB.
Quebec Park is a 100 unit scheme in Bordon, Hampshire and a key part of a wider ‘Green Eco-town’ initiative for the Whitehill-Bordon area near Southampton. The mixed-tenure development for Radian provided 65 new build properties for open market sale, plus 10 shared-ownership and 25 affordable-rent homes. However, it was the provisions made for the local community that made the project stand out as ‘Best Use of Brownfield Land.’
The development was built on former Ministry of Defence land, making use of the two existing military barracks buildings by transforming them into a community employment hub. The area surrounding the hub was further enhanced by the creation of additional community facilities such as meeting spaces and new ‘Café 1759’ (named after the year of the battle of Quebec) which sits alongside a new public square. As part of the social aspirations for the site, this café is now being run by Radian as a community initiative to provide catering training and career opportunities to young adults from the local area with disabilities. In total, the Quebec Park scheme aimed to provide 100 jobs to match the 100 homes created.
Leanne Smith, New Business Director at Drew Smith said: “We are delighted that the Quebec Park scheme has been recognised for its central role in an exceptional community development and engagement project. It is a prime example of what can be achieved on brownfield sites; not only building more homes but actively supporting the communities and individuals who live there.”