A HOUSING association has been lauded by a national charity for its award-winning almshouse design.

Wivenhoe Housing Trust constructed 13 new almshouses in Wivenhoe in 2020, and the courtyard design – which allows for residents to foster a greater sense of community – was given special recognition by the Almshouse Association.

Tasked with running Britain’s 1,700 almshouse charities, the Almshouse Association praised Wivenhoe Housing Trust for promoting the physical and mental wellbeing of residents thanks to the design.

Work started on the premises in 2017, with the almshouses not completed until May 2020 due to the need for the original courtyard to be dug up and resurfaced.

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Surface drains also had to be re-laid so rainwater could be dealt with effectively from the roofs of the seven bungalows.

The almshouses accommodate seven residents, who are provided with plenty of privacy as a result of the design.

The courtyard also provides four benches, raised beds, level access to all seven properties, and sustainable drainage through attractive block paving.

Wivenhoe Housing Trust’s design was recognised last week on Friday, August 5, when the mayor of Wivenhoe, Councillor Tom Kane, presented a certificate to the housing trust’s chairman, Peter Hill.