Homes and Communities, Academy Awards 2009: Places for all – Strengthening communities through culture and heritage
A mixed-use new build development of 108 private flats, eight specialty shops, three restaurants and an archaeological park. The project is built on the site of the inner and outer bailey of Bedford Castle which was destroyed following a siege in the 13th century. Part of the site is within the curtilage of a Scheduled Ancient Monument and six months of archaeological excavations preceded the construction works. The completed scheme includes the Castle Bailey Gardens, a public park which displays the excavated foundations of the original Norman hall on the site, and an excavated 12th century lime kiln.
The new flats achieve an Eco Homes rating of 'Very Good' and incorporate photovoltaic cells to generate electricity to power the common areas. This project was in collaboration with Ash Sakula Architects, who won a RIBA Ideas Competition for the development of two sites in Castle Lane previously being used as car parks. It won the Homes and Communities Academy Places for All Award, recognising projects that strengthen communities through culture and heritage.