Islington Victorian warehouse turned housing development beats South Bank Tower for best residential building award

Courtauld Road

Courtauld Road - Credit: Archant

A former Victorian warehouse in Islington has picked up one of the most prestigious awards in architecture.

Courtauld Road, in Archway, which provides a mix of social housing and privately rented homes to locals, was voted by the public to win the 2016 Residential BREEAM award.

The project beat off strong competition from residential developments across Europe including a contemporary Brussels apartment block, a Passivhaus-accredited family Villa in Alicante, and London’s South Bank Tower.

Steve Carden, business unit director for construction (South) at United Living, said: “This is an incredible achievement for both United Living and our project partners Family Mosaic and EcoFirst consult.

From our perspective, this award is firm recognition of United Living’s ability to achieve excellence through partnerships on both refurbishment and new build work. Importantly the accolade also recognises our long-standing commitment to social value by having sustainability at its very heart.”

The BREEAM awards seek to encourage the efficient use of natural resources. Courtauld Road was honoured for its unique design which retains the beauty of the Victoria warehouse that stood before it.