Derry housing scheme up for prestigious award

Ralphs Close, Stradreagh, which is in the running for a top housing award. [040911SML1]
Ralphs Close, Stradreagh, which is in the running for a top housing award. [040911SML1]

A Derry housing scheme is in the running for a prestigious award.

Ralphs Close in Stradreagh, a scheme designed and built in partnership with the Western Health & Social Care Trust, has been shortlisted from more than 240 entries to the 2011 UK Housing Awards.

The awards are now in their 15th year and recognise outstanding work in housing which improves the lives of people in their communities.

The Trinity Housing project at Stradreagh is one of five left in the running for the Outstanding Achievement in Housing in Northern Ireland.

Bill Reilly, Chairman Trinity Housing Ltd, says: “At Trinity Housing, we are delighted to have been able to work with the Western Health & Social Care Trust in the provision of this specialist accommodation and we are honoured to have been shortlisted for this award for such an important housing scheme.”

The awards are organised by Inside Housing magazine and the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH), and attracted a phenomenal response with submissions from the length and breadth of the UK.

The winners will be revealed at an awards ceremony at London’s Hilton Hotel on November 9 hosted by former MP Michael Portillo.

CIH Interim Chief Executive, Grainia Long, says: “I am delighted that, as we celebrate the fifteenth year of the UK Housing Awards, the calibre of entries is as excellent as ever. We hear much about the need for innovation in housing - the shortlisted finalists are examples of going beyond ideas - putting innovation into practice. Well done to all of the finalists”

Stuart Macdonald, editor of Inside Housing, added: ‘The quality of the entries rose again this year so even to get this far is an amazing achievement. In the face of some really stiff competition, Trinity Housing has shown it is performing at the highest level - well done!’