Verna receives British Homes Awards 2023 shortlisting

Verna receives British Homes Awards 2023 shortlisting

Verna at Acton Gardens has been shortlisted at this year’s British Homes Awards in the Best Housing Partnership category.

These prestigious awards recognise excellence and innovation in the British housebuilding industry, focusing on architectural design, interior design, build quality and innovation showcased by one-off houses through to major developments.

Designed by GRID Architects, Verna at Acton Gardens contains 210 high-quality, tenure blind new homes, which all enjoy a private balcony, terrace, or garden space. The shortlisting for Verna recognises the contribution of the joint venture between Countryside Partnerships and L&Q, in partnership with Ealing Council, which is delivering the 3,463-home regeneration masterplan for Acton Gardens, with a 50/50 split between private and affordable homes.

At Verna, several different housing types of maisonettes and lateral apartments form a secluded development around a communal podium. Gently sloping pathways weave terraced planters to provide level access between the two levels, making it inclusive for people of all abilities. The maisonettes recreate familiar terrace streets with front doors & gardens to encourage people to meet and mix.

The island nature of the site creates good levels of sunlight, so GRID Architects have optimised this to create dual aspect apartments, green roofs, courtyard planting and native plant species to enhance biodiversity. The balcony balustrades feature an elegant, perforated oak leaf pattern – a play on the name Acton, which is derived from the Old English for ac (oak) and tun (farm).

This shortlisting is testament to the hard work of our team and reflects the high-quality design and innovation of our schemes, like Acton Gardens, that are having a positive impact on local communities.