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					Press Release
21st October 2009

L&Q housing scheme receives national recognition
for good design

                              Printworks (Clyde Terrace), an L&Q development in Forest Hill,
                              London has qualified for a Building for Life gold standard the
                              national standard for well-designed homes and neighbourhoods

                              The scheme was judged against 20 Building for Life criteria
                              which embody CABE’s vision of functional, attractive and
                              sustainable housing. A successful scheme needs to score more
                              than 16 out of 20 for gold.

                              Printworks has also been shortlisted for a Building for Life award.
                              The awards are organised by CABE and the Home Builders
                              Federation and will be announced on 2 December 2009.

Printworks received one of the highest scores recorded with an impressive 17.5 out of 20.
The assessors commented on how they felt the scheme creates a continuous frontage along
Clyde Terrace and is a sensitive infill project which dramatically improves the quality of the
area. The project makes use of modern methods of construction for winter gardens and
complies with Lifetime Homes throughout.

Wayne Hemingway MBE, designer and chair of Building for Life said:
‘Living in a housing scheme which has been well designed adds to quality of life. Good
design can provide opportunities for social interaction, opportunities to get outside and do
things, opportunities for children to enjoy their environment and an uplifting place to come
home to. It also helps to know that in tough times it will hold its value better than a badly
designed scheme.’


Notes to Editors
 For images of Printworks please contact Alice Williams, L&Q Communications Officer on
  020 8294 5155 /
 Building for Life is the national standard for well designed homes, used by the government
  to measure housing quality. Building for Life is an initiative led by CABE and the Home
  Builders Federation.
 Government now includes the Building for Life standard in its annual monitoring return
  core indicators for local and regional planning authorities.
 Developments are assessed by the 20 Building for Life criteria. Those that meet 14 out of
  the criteria will be given a silver standard, and those fulfilling at least 16 criteria receive a
  gold standard.
 36 housing schemes qualified for a Building for Life standard across England in 2009.
 CABE is the government’s advisor on architecture, urban design and public space. As a
  public body, we encourage policymakers to create places that work for people. We help
  local planners apply national design policy and offer expert advice to developers and
  architects. We show public sector clients how to commission buildings that meet the needs
  of their users. And we seek to inspire the public to demand more from their buildings and
  spaces. Advising, influencing and inspiring, we work to create well-designed, welcoming
About Printworks

Printworks is a mixed-tenure sustainable development on a brown field site in the South East
London suburb of Forest Hill.

One of the aims of the scheme, as set out by Lewisham Council, was to provide a place for
establishing businesses and homes in a new community of residents, thus securing the future
of this part of Forest Hill.

The development comprises 30 homes for rent, 12 for shared ownership, 6 for commercial
use and 10 ‘live/work’ units which combine a comfortable living environment with a generous
working space.

Work started in March 2006 with completion in February 2008.

Printworks was designed by bptw partnership

About L&Q:

L&Q is one of the UK’s largest housing associations and manages over 63,000 homes across
London and the South-East.


   o   Builds high quality, affordable homes across a mix of tenures – including general
       needs rent, intermediate market rent, part buy, part rent (affordable home ownership)
       and outright sale. This includes building new homes as well as refurbishing old ones.
   o   Has a development pipeline of 9,000 homes over the next four years and is
       committed to responsible growth.
   o   Is involved in large scale community regeneration projects across London.
   o   Is the Government appointed HomeBuy Agent for South London, and helps key
       workers and first-time buyers get their feet on the property ladder in London and the
       South East through part-buy, part-rent and equity loan schemes part funded by
       government HomeBuy grant.
   o   Is committed to investing in local neighbourhoods and communities and has
       dedicated Neighbourhood Investment teams. L&Q works in partnership with local
       authorities and local and national voluntary and community agencies to develop
       opportunities for residents.

For more information on L&Q and for all the latest news about L&Q’s work visit

For further information please contact: Alice Williams, L&Q Communications Officer on
020 8294 5155 /