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Saffron Acres wins East Midlands RICS award

The UK’s largest Passivhaus affordable housing scheme won the RICS Awards 2017, East Midlands Residential award.  

The community-led scheme sees over 13.3 acres of overgrown and disused land into a community of 68 homes that have been built to Passivhaus standard. The affordable housing scheme is accessible to everyone giving families, couples and individuals a well-designed, environmentally friendly and community orientated place to live in the city.

The annual event has been running for over ten years and demonstrates the best built environment projects from the land, property and construction sectors. 

Saffron Acres


We were extremely impressed by this outstanding residential development. When the developers could have built twice as many properties on the land they have chosen to build for the future and not just the here and now. The community encapsulates all that is good in modern site and space planning in terms of style as well as community creation and internal, flexible, forward ‘occupier life planning’; all whilst achieving outstanding energy efficiency through its Passivhaus standard and clever surface water management.

Will Evans FRICS, Chair of the RICS Awards, East Midland’s judging panel

Saffron Acres

Winner of all other categories are listed below, and go forward to the RICS Awards Grand Final 2017, held at The Intercontinental, London on 2 November 2017 to compete against other regional winners for the overall title of National Project of the Year.


  • Building Conservation: Winner – The West Mill, Darley Abbey Mills, Derbyshire

  • Commercial: Winner – Derby Innovation Hub

  • Community Benefit, sponsored by University of Nottingham: Winner – Harvey Hadden Sports Village, Nottingham

  • Design through Innovationsponsored by Sika SarnafilWinner – The GlaxoSmithKline Carbon Neutral Laboratories for Sustainable Chemistry, Nottingham

  • Infrastructure: Winner – London Road Fire Station, Nottingham

  • Regeneration: Winner – London Road Fire Station, Nottingham

  • Residential, sponsored by Nottingham Trent UniversityWinner – Heathcott Road (Saffron Acres), Leicester

  • Tourism & Leisure: Winner – The West Mill, Darley Abbey Mills, Derbyshire

Further Information

Previous PHT story: Saffron Acres Certified - 30 January 2017

4th May 2017

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