Eco-friendly development snaps up award

BBC presenter Paul Hudson at the Park Dale development.
BBC presenter Paul Hudson at the Park Dale development.
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DEVELOPERS of an eco-friendly housing development in Airedale have snapped up a trio of environmental accolades.

The Park Dale project saw Wakefield and District Housing (WDH) along with partners Keepmoat scoop a gold prize at the Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS) Awards for their construction work on three sites.

The £12m energy-saving Castleford estate – officially launched last November by BBC weatherman Paul Hudson – snapped up the award for its zero-carbon qualities.

Richard Parkin, WDH executive director for regeneration said: “We are extremely proud to have built the UK’s largest zero-carbon housing development while considering the needs of the local community.

“We are delighted to be recognised for all of our combined efforts because it shows you can achieve great results through strong working partnerships.”

Park Dale consists of 91 eco-homes which cut tenants’ energy bills by 40 per cent and have solar panels, heat ventilation systems, triple glazed windows, highly insulated walls and water recycling units installed.

The companies also took home a bronze award for a £3.12m development on Leeds Road in Glass Houghton where 36 new homes were built and for a further development at Portobello in Wakefield.

Neil Baxter, spokesman for Keepmoat, said: “The awards recognise our commitment to working safely, considerately and minimising our environmental impact.

“We strive to work closely with local residents and alongside our clients and are delighted to be recognised for our work here in the Wakefield district.”