A SMALL housing development has scooped a top design award – beating off competition from the £105 million national football centre.
Staff at Bi-Design Architecture, based in Repton, could not believe their luck when they found out a three-house plot, in Belmot Road, Tutbury, had trumped St George's Park in the Southern Staffordshire Design Awards.
Darryn Buttrill, practice director at the firm, said: "We were delighted to have received this award – particularly as we were up against some major projects such as the England training facility St George's Park and Landau Forte College, in Lichfield, to name a few.
"The plot is an entry point to Tutbury village and we did a great deal of research to ensure the designs were in keeping with the traditional style of buildings in the area – considering such elements as the slope of the roofs, chimneys and projecting fascias.
"The farmhouse and two adjacent houses quickly sold, which proves that high-quality architectural design features add to the commercial value of residential property development."
The firm was commissioned by developers Densy Developments to design three high-specification houses on a picturesque plot.
After early discussions with East Staffordshire Borough Council planners, the Bi-Design team researched the historic styles and features of rural Staffordshire buildings, which were then incorporated into the design of a five-bedroom farmhouse and two four-bedroom barn conversion-style houses.
They were then contacted earlier this year by the authority and invited to enter the Southern Staffordshire Design Awards.
After site visits by a judging panel of representatives from local authorities and businesses, the firm was awarded a 'Highly Commended' trophy for its work at a recent presentation event.