Treble of awards for The Green at 2019 British Homes Awards - Placefirst
ABOVE: Placefirst and guests celebrate three awards for The Green. Left to Right: Tony Corr, Graeme Johnson, Zena Namih (ESO), Victoria Hoare, Martin Ellerby, Richard Godsland, Selina Cropper, Max King, Samatha France, Amy Waller (Hartlepool B.C.), Nichola Halverson, Dan Anderson (Fourth Street)


The 2019 Sunday Times British Homes Awards took place on Thursday 19th September at the luxurious Marriot Grosvenor Square in London.

Attracting hundreds of the housing industry’s leading professionals, the awards celebrate exceptional design across every aspect of housebuilding — from one-off houses to major developments, interiors to landscaping, individual extensions to placemaking on a grand scale.

Following Placefirst’s treble of awards at the 2018 British Homes Awards for The Welsh Streets, The Green enjoyed similar success, collecting three awards including the coveted Judges Award for Excellence.

The outright winner at the awards, The Green has transformed over 150 empty homes on the edge of Hartlepool town centre. Larger family homes have been created through lateral conversions, and a new park sits at the heart of the development located on the edge of Hartlepool town centre.

The Judges Award for Excellence, the highlight of the awards, is selected from the twenty award winners on the day by chair of the judging panel, renowned architect Simon Allford. Simon is a founding partner of Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM) and engages in the broader architectural discussion as a writer, critic, teacher, lecturer, examiner, advisor and commentator.

ABOVE: Collecting the Judges Award for Excellence. Left to Right: Amber Butchart (Host), Max King, Victoria Hoare, Nichola Halverson, Martin Ellerby, Simon Allford (Chair of Judging Panel)


To be in a position to repurpose our shared built heritage is a huge privilege for Placefirst, and we are immensely proud to have collected three prestigious awards from our peers. The Green demonstrates that, with the right approach, there is inherent flexibility in the traditional Victorian Terrace, delivering an attractive combination of new home in a heritage shell.


“For a small coastal town like Hartlepool to be recognised as delivering some of the best housing in the UK is testament not only to the hard-working team at Placefirst, but to Hartlepool Borough Council who have been hugely supportive of our work at The Green. From the outset it was clear that they wanted to do something special with the 170 empty properties which are now The Green, and they understood how our long-term Build-To-Rent investment model could unlock such a challenging regeneration project.

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