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Architects praised for terraces work

By MIG: Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: September 25, 2013

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A LEEK architects’ practice has been praised after designing a national award-winning housing regeneration scheme in neighbouring Stoke-on- Trent.

Ctd Architects, of Clerk Bank, designed two of Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s flagship empty home regeneration projects.

The eco-refit of terrace homes in the city was one of only three entries nationally to be highly commended in the Architects Journal Retrofit Awards.

The empty home refurbishments in Balfour Street, Hanley, and Port Street and Burgess Street, Middleport, have been showcased as examples of how to creatively regenerate industrial terraced houses to create modern and comfortable ecofriendly homes.

The projects involved the complete internal and external upgrading of 59 houses, maintaining their period features externally while transforming levels of comfort and energy efficiency internally.

Architect Chris Hesketh said the projects, which cost £3.4 million, had been a real challenge.

He said: “It is wonderful that our work and the city’s vision have gained national recognition from the top experts in the field.”

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