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Onward scoops RICS Social Impact Heritage Award

Posted 21.05.20
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Onward are the winners of the RICS Social Impact Heritage Award for its St Bernard's Church development in Liverpool.

The Social Impact Heritage category is for the conservation, renovation or restoration of a single building or a group of buildings or structures.

Onward's £2.2 million transformation of St Bernard's Church into 16 affordable homes took an innovative approach to home ownership - helping local people get on the property ladder whilst protecting the cultural heritage of the building.

The conversion of the church into affordable housing is an example of the way that a landmark building can be creatively re-used to provide exciting and unusual low-cost housing.

The judges said: "This project was a true collaboration involving an innovative model of 'sweat equity', helping people onto the property ladder by paying a 'deposit' of 500 hours labour."

"Literally working hard for their future homes, the project has created a ready-made community of friends and neighbours who are rightly proud of their achievements."

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Updated housing awards events scheduled dates

Updated 28.05.20
Please use the links below for further reading:

Northern Housing Awards: 15th July 2020 - Old Trafford
This event has been rescheduled from its original date of 13th May 2020.

UK Housing Awards: 2nd September 2020 - London
This event has been rescheduled from its original date of 7th May 2020.

National Housing Awards: 10th September 2020 - London
This event has been cancelled

NHMF Awards: 20th January 2021 - Strattford-upon-Avon

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