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The Roof Gardens – One Ellesmere Street, DeTrafford Estates’ pioneering development of 71 new homes in Castlefield has won national recognition after being named ‘Best Design for Four Storeys or More’ in the prestigious Housebuilder Awards.
In the wake of the announcement at an awards ceremony at London’s InterContinental Hotel at the O2 on Thursday night Gary Jackson, Founder and Director today acknowledged the company’s success. 
He commented: “This prestigious industry recognition is a ringing endorsement of our commitment to provide attractive homes without compromising on amenity and outdoor space.  The Roof Gardens is just part of our Manchester Gardens masterplan which has this philosophy at its core, including further provision for rooftop gardens – with approval to date for 379 homes in a phased development of the area. I would like to pay tribute to the work of Ollier Smurthwaite Architects, planning consultants Paul Butler Associates and Pochin Construction in securing this award.
“Innovation is at the heart of our thinking and there is a lot more to come with more plans in the pipeline.  Our proposals for No1 Castlefield, a development of 419 new homes, include distinctive rooftop houses offering a modern take on traditional terraces and are just one further example of our original approach.”

Organised by Housebuilder Magazine and supported by the Home Builders Federation and the National House Building Council, the Housebuilder Awards are geared to reward innovation and excellence.  They seek to recognise those in the industry who are improving quality, design, efficiency and customer care in housebuilding. Other companies in contention for the ‘Best Design for Four Storeys or More’ category included Barratt, Berkeley Homes, Crest Nicholson and Taylor Wimpey.
The Roof Gardens will provide attractive outdoor living space at the edge of Manchester city centre and all homes will feature individual private roof gardens, marrying suburban comforts with inner city living.  Most of the accommodation is aimed at families comprising 49 two, three and four bedroom townhouses plus 22 one bedroom apartments, with two tree-lined courtyards at the heart of the development providing private space for parking and amenity.
Building materials have been chosen to complement the character of the nearby conservation area and Manchester’s industrial heritage.  The building will be crowned with a frame of louvred Corten steel providing privacy for the roof terraces and will be illuminated at night in a warm orange glow. Work on the development is being undertaken by Pochin Construction and is due to be completed Q1/Q2 2017 - demand has been high with all homes now sold