Three awards for Portland's Olympic village

Dorset Echo: Kim Slowe and team receive the awards Kim Slowe and team receive the awards

THE Olympic Sailing Village on Portland stole the show at a leading UK design award ceremony and scooped an historic three accolades.

The site’s Dorchester-based developer ZeroC dominated this year’s UK Housing Design Awards (HDA), winning:

• Supreme Award for best overall scheme.

• Best Affordable Housing Award.

• Interior Design Award.

The Officers Field development, which has been temporarily handed over to the London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG), will provide accommodation for international athletes during the London 2012 sailing events.

A total of 84 residential units will host 700 athletes and 550 officials during the Olympic Games.

Around half that number will use the accommodation during the Para-lympic Games.

In September, the apartments will be converted into homes – with kitchens replacing additional athlete bedrooms – and 19 of the houses transferred to Magna Housing Association, the remaining 59 are available for purchase. ZeroC managing director Kim Slowe said: “We went to the British Museum for the Housing Design Awards.

“It’s the leading UK design awards and we won three awards, for the first time in the award’s history.

“They stated that for the first time in living memory all 14 judges were unanimous in their decision.”

He joked it was ‘embarrassing’ to return so regularly to the stage and added: “We were the most unpopular people in the room.”

The HDA awards, which are in their 64th year, are a partnership between government and key industry bodies.

Ten other projects also picked up awards.

In April this year, the ZeroC’s Officers Field development at Portland won the prestigious Housing Project of the Year award at the Building Awards.

The Building Awards are considered to be the Oscars of the construction industry and they celebrate the very best in UK construction The trophy was presented to Mr Slowe, in front of an audience of 2,000 construction professionals at a glittering award ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.

Mr Slowe added: “This is our third award in as many months – Officers Field wins triple gold.”

All the residential units are low carbon with the heating and hot water for 58 of the homes coming from a biomass heating system and many of the houses are fitted with rainwater harvesting.

The selling of the private homes is already underway and details of the homes that are still available can be found on the Officers Field website www.officersfield.com.

Visit hdawards.org to find out more about the awards.

Contact the Officers Field Sales Office on 01305 824777 or the marketing agent Goadsby on 01305 831831.

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1:51pm Sun 24 Jun 12

radiator says...

"Housing Project of Year Award"? April has come and gone!
"Housing Project of Year Award"? April has come and gone! radiator
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4:47pm Sun 24 Jun 12

TenBobDylanThomasHardy says...

The development is great and probably deserving of these awards, the temporary security fencing however is a disgrace, LOCOG should have paid for something a great deal better.
The development is great and probably deserving of these awards, the temporary security fencing however is a disgrace, LOCOG should have paid for something a great deal better. TenBobDylanThomasHardy
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5:07pm Sun 24 Jun 12

malkie says...

TenBobDylanThomasHar
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wrote:
The development is great and probably deserving of these awards, the temporary security fencing however is a disgrace, LOCOG should have paid for something a great deal better.
What, a better security fence? Looks pretty secure to me. LOL
[quote][p][bold]TenBobDylanThomasHar dy[/bold] wrote: The development is great and probably deserving of these awards, the temporary security fencing however is a disgrace, LOCOG should have paid for something a great deal better.[/p][/quote]What, a better security fence? Looks pretty secure to me. LOL malkie
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5:13pm Sun 24 Jun 12

I'mavoter says...

I saw them being built, came down here in 'kit' form !
Balsa wood & tissue paper comes to mind. They certainly won't be standing in 100+ years time like the stone ones just a bit further up the hill. Goes to show how poor the others must have been if this lot one three awards. Heaven help us.
I saw them being built, came down here in 'kit' form ! Balsa wood & tissue paper comes to mind. They certainly won't be standing in 100+ years time like the stone ones just a bit further up the hill. Goes to show how poor the others must have been if this lot one three awards. Heaven help us. I'mavoter
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6:20pm Sun 24 Jun 12

malkie says...

I've been in them. Environmentally friendly, yes maybe, but they are "cheap & cheerful". I certainly would not buy one.
I've been in them. Environmentally friendly, yes maybe, but they are "cheap & cheerful". I certainly would not buy one. malkie
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6:28pm Sun 24 Jun 12

Bazzer55 says...

What are Portlanders getting out of this ?? After all, Officers Field is land that was given given to Portlanders when the Navy left.
What are Portlanders getting out of this ?? After all, Officers Field is land that was given given to Portlanders when the Navy left. Bazzer55
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11:05pm Sun 24 Jun 12

portland rebel says...

Bazzer55 wrote:
What are Portlanders getting out of this ?? After all, Officers Field is land that was given given to Portlanders when the Navy left.
NOTHING!.
[quote][p][bold]Bazzer55[/bold] wrote: What are Portlanders getting out of this ?? After all, Officers Field is land that was given given to Portlanders when the Navy left.[/p][/quote]NOTHING!. portland rebel
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11:29pm Sun 24 Jun 12

ETV says...

Shame that in the name of sport they built houses on top of a sports field.

And that security fence to keep the sailors in - last time I saw something that looked like that, the IRA were firing mortars at it.
Shame that in the name of sport they built houses on top of a sports field. And that security fence to keep the sailors in - last time I saw something that looked like that, the IRA were firing mortars at it. ETV
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8:51am Mon 25 Jun 12

Portland G says...

"A total of 84 residential units will host 700 athletes and 550 officials during the Olympic Games."


This statement makes interesting reading. A total of 1250 people living in 84 units which means that there will be an average of almost 15 people in each unit. Bearing in mind that some of the houses are only 2 bedroom this means that the overcrowding will be worse than the early 1900's. I for one would like to know how this is going to be acheived.
"A total of 84 residential units will host 700 athletes and 550 officials during the Olympic Games." This statement makes interesting reading. A total of 1250 people living in 84 units which means that there will be an average of almost 15 people in each unit. Bearing in mind that some of the houses are only 2 bedroom this means that the overcrowding will be worse than the early 1900's. I for one would like to know how this is going to be acheived. Portland G
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10:31am Mon 25 Jun 12

InterestedOutsider says...

Portland G wrote:
"A total of 84 residential units will host 700 athletes and 550 officials during the Olympic Games." This statement makes interesting reading. A total of 1250 people living in 84 units which means that there will be an average of almost 15 people in each unit. Bearing in mind that some of the houses are only 2 bedroom this means that the overcrowding will be worse than the early 1900's. I for one would like to know how this is going to be acheived.
It doesn't say they'll all be there on the same day.....
[quote][p][bold]Portland G[/bold] wrote: "A total of 84 residential units will host 700 athletes and 550 officials during the Olympic Games." This statement makes interesting reading. A total of 1250 people living in 84 units which means that there will be an average of almost 15 people in each unit. Bearing in mind that some of the houses are only 2 bedroom this means that the overcrowding will be worse than the early 1900's. I for one would like to know how this is going to be acheived.[/p][/quote]It doesn't say they'll all be there on the same day..... InterestedOutsider
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11:47am Mon 25 Jun 12

Atilla says...

I note that none of these awards was for the asthetic appearance of the development!
I note that none of these awards was for the asthetic appearance of the development! Atilla
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12:48pm Mon 25 Jun 12

Marcusontherock says...

I'm sure people will be queuing round the corner to buy a cheap and cheerful, ugly and crampt house right next to a graveyard and a pub... Really it's quite possibly the worst location for a housing estate! That's before you look at how ugly those buildings are! Quite glad they're likely to fall to pieces in less than 100 years. What a 'legacy' to leave...
I'm sure people will be queuing round the corner to buy a cheap and cheerful, ugly and crampt house right next to a graveyard and a pub... Really it's quite possibly the worst location for a housing estate! That's before you look at how ugly those buildings are! Quite glad they're likely to fall to pieces in less than 100 years. What a 'legacy' to leave... Marcusontherock
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5:53pm Mon 25 Jun 12

Nan 60 says...

Can we have Officers field back, when the house fall down?
Can we have Officers field back, when the house fall down? Nan 60
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9:58pm Mon 25 Jun 12

Bazzer55 says...

Nan 60 wrote:
Can we have Officers field back, when the house fall down?
Sorry its another con trick from WPBC, steal the land, build crap houses on it and totally ignore what they have done. ok try this.....
IT WASN'T YOUR LAND TO BUILD ON.....CONNING B***ARDS
[quote][p][bold]Nan 60[/bold] wrote: Can we have Officers field back, when the house fall down?[/p][/quote]Sorry its another con trick from WPBC, steal the land, build crap houses on it and totally ignore what they have done. ok try this..... IT WASN'T YOUR LAND TO BUILD ON.....CONNING B***ARDS Bazzer55
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