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Nottinghamshire housebuilder wins award for tribute to local soldiers

Nottinghamshire housebuilder wins award for tribute to local soldiers

Leading Nottingham developer Barratt Homes North Midlands has received the Best Community Initiative Award in recognition of its concept which paid homage to the fallen of Bingham.

The housebuilder joined forces with the Royal British Legion, Bingham Heritage Trails Association, Rushcliffe Borough Council, Bingham Town Council and the Mercian Regiment of the British Army for the remembrance event at its development, Romans’ Quarter, as well as Ibstock Brick which donated all of the bricks used for the poppy project.

Each of the new street names at the development have been named after a hero who fell in World War One and the first was unveiled at the event by Commander Judith Swann, Deputy Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire.

Barratt Homes received the accolade at the Housebuilder Awards for its efforts to ensure that those from Bingham who gave their lives during the First World War are always remembered at Romans’ Quarter.

More than 900 pupils across three schools painted poppies onto house bricks which have been used to form two giant wreath installations at the new entrance to the development.

The schools involved in the project included Robert Miles Infant School, Robert Miles Junior School and Carnarvon Primary School. Pupils from Toot Hill School also attended the event to lay wreaths and came with their Big Band which played at the ceremony.

Chris Southgate, Managing Director at Barratt Homes North Midlands, said:

“At the time of last year’s Armistice Day marking the Centenary of the First World War, we wanted to show our commitment to the Royal British Legion at our new development in Bingham.

“We were delighted to win this award for our efforts to ensure that those who gave their lives for Bingham are remembered here in perpetuity.”

The Royal British Legion supports members of the Royal Navy, British Army, Royal Air Force, veterans and their families throughout the year and campaigns to improve the lives of those in the Armed Forces, organise the Poppy Appeal and remember the fallen.

Barratt Homes was also successful as a whole, winning the Large Housebuilder of the Year Award in recognition of its consistency in delivering high quality craftsmanship and design.


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