Carbon negative development gets awards nomination

Green homes developer Groundwork South Tyneside and Newcastle has been nominated for a top award for its energy efficient homes at Sinclair Meadows, South Shields.

Nominated in the Greener South Tynesider category of the Pride of Tyneside awards, the company’s 21 home development is said to be the UK’s first carbon negative social housing development.

The winner of the award will be announced in a ceremony at the Temple Park Centre in South Shields on April 28.

John Short, chairman of Windmill, a trading firm owned by Groundwork and which nominated its parent company for the award, told The Shields Gazette: “The aim was to reduce carbon emissions through the use of innovative design and by incorporating renewable energy technologies.

“Sinclair Meadoes has the ability to wipe out the carbon footprint created during construction within 2.8 years, as the homes generate more electricity than they use from solar panels.

“As a result, the combination of eco-aware tenants and cutting-edge technology means Sinclair Meadows contributes directly to South Tyneside Council’s pledge to cut carbon emissions by 20 percent by 2020.”