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CLT Awards 2012: Meet the winners!

The CLT Awards were run for the first time this year. Looking for exceptional communities and champions from across the country, we invited nominations in 3 categories:

          • Excellence in Community Engagement for CLTs who have gone beyond the normal distance to involve the whole community
          • Excellence in Innovation for CLTs who have shown real flair for "outside the box" thinking, especially when they have hit challenges
          • Exceptional Support for the Sector for those who have gone beyond the call of duty to support CLTs, and the CLT movement as a whole

The results were inspirational

The 5 winners were announced at the CLT Annual Conference 2012. Here you can meet the schemes and see what was said about them:

Homebaked CLT, Liverpool. Winner: Excellence in Community Engagement

Homebaked CLT started 2 years ago. They are based in Anfield, Liverpool, an area of significant housing dereliction and deprivation. There have been many failed attempts to regenerate the area, so local residents have taken matters into their own hands. The CLT will bring an old bakery back into use. 40 young people have worked with the architect to model the new homes; many of them have attended construction skills taster courses at the local college, and will become apprentices when work begins on site. Expert speakers have come from across the UK to address local residents, covering everything from community bakeries to food growing, to design a bespoke CLT for Anfield.

Quote of the day: "Rarely have I seen such effective engagement of young people and empowerment of residents in such a complex and challenging context" Tom Archer, Locally Made.

Worth Community Property Trust, Dorset. Winner: Excellence in Innovation

Worth CPT started in 2005 and completed their first homes on 23rd March 2012. Their designs are bold, innovative, and eco-friendly. they have made good use of innovative partnerships - for example, they partnered with the East Dorset Antiquarian Society to perform archaeology needed on site. With over 5000 hours of volunteer dig time, they have attracted the attention of professionals like the British Museum, for a fraction of the price of a commercial dig. They have consistently pushed for innovation in all quarters - their planning agreements have become "best practice" for CLTs across the country. They have inspired a new village hall, parish plan and cafe in the village. They have given a lasting legacy to the community through their big ideas.

Quote of the day: "On behalf of all the pioneering CLTs, it isn't easy, but once you get there it is so worth it!" Bob Kenyon, Worth CPT

Read the case study on Worth CPT

Steve Watson & Alison Ward, Somerset, Devon & Dorset CLT Project. Joint winner: Exceptional Support for the Sector

Steve and Alison work with communities across the South West to deliver CLTs on the ground. Their approach has pioneered new, accessible solutions for communities. The partnership agreement they developed with Symene CLT and Hastoe housing association has been adopted by others. They have made CLTs an established part of the political system in Somerset, Devon and Dorset.

Quote of the day: "They were the people when we weren't strong enough to do it ourselves" Jo Lavis, Lincolnshire CLT

Get in touch with Somerset, Devon & Dorset CLT Project

Igloo Regeneration. Joint winner: Exceptional Support for the Sector

Igloo Regeneration are an entrepreneurial development and regeneration manager. They partnered with East London CLT to bid for the St Clement's Hospital site in Bow. Although Igloo were not selected as the preferred bidders for the site, they paved the way for London's first CLT at St Clement's. Igloo championed East London before the HCA; their partnership broke new political ground. They took a considerable risk, and went into overdrive to make it happen. 

Quote of the day: "In my usual day job, we just build new homes but with CLTs it's so much more. Urban CLTs, your time has come!" Chris Brown, Igloo Regeneration

Read the case study on East London CLT

Lyvennet Community Trust. Winner: Special Commendation

Begun in 2006, Lyvennet CT have raced ahread. Their 20-home scheme will be completed this summer. Local residents have been involved at eevery stage, from a "design your dream home" competition at the local primary school, to a sponsored abseil down the church spire to raise funds, to buying the village pub in 2010. The pub renovation brought the village together to put in over 4000 hours of vounteer time; some residents never missed a day. The Trust have transformed the landscape for CLTs, using their enthusiasm to teach others, proving to government just how well localism can work and transforming their own community for the better.

Quote of the day: "The benefits of a CLT to a community are immeasurable" David Graham, Lyvennet CT

Read the case study on Lyvennet CT