A NEW independent living complex in Tynedale has won a prestigious award.

Karbon Homes, the team behind the £6.7m St Cuthbert’s scheme in Hexham, was celebrating success in the Northern Housing Award for Supported/ Sheltered Housing Scheme of the Year.

St Cuthbert’s, a development of 38 supported flats for older residents, was lauded for delivering such a high quality building on a difficult site within the town’s conservation area.

The building was developed on a long, narrow, sloping site with neighbouring homes on all sides, so the construction process was demanding to manage.

Karen Owens, from Procare, the sponsor of the award, said: “We have had so much positive feedback from the judges about this category, and in particular, this St Cuthbert’s scheme demonstrates how difficult sites can be to transform and how flexible design supports independent living going forward.

“What a fantastic scheme you’ve produced there. Well done to everybody that was involved.”

Sarah Robson, director of development at Karbon Homes, said: “We’re very proud of St Cuthbert’s, and I’m delighted to see the big team who delivered the building, both our colleagues and partners, being recognised for their achievement.

“We know how much the residents are enjoying their new homes, even though it’s been such a difficult period since the building opened, meaning the social spaces can’t operate as normal.

“Congratulations to everybody involved in making St Cuthbert’s a success.”

Homes England contributed £1.6m of grant funding to the development, and colleagues to Karbon Homes included main contractor Tolent Construction, architect HMH Architects, 3E Consulting Engineers and project managers Hall & Partners.