Orbit scoops top industry housing awards

UK housing provider Orbit has received national recognition for its market-leading regeneration and build for rent developments

In the week that Orbit completed the delivery of its 10,000th home, the firm’s Erith Park was named ‘Best Regeneration Project’, while Fordham House in Stratford-upon-Avon was awarded ‘Best Build for Rent Development’ at the recent Inside Housing Development Awards 2019.

Transformed over the course of six years, Erith Park in Bexley saw seven tower blocks replaced by 587 high-quality and affordable shared ownership, rent, rent-to-buy and market sale homes.

Working with development partners, Wates Residential, architects Broadway Malyan and the local community, Orbit helped transform an unpopular council estate blighted by crime, anti-social behaviour and a poor environment into a thriving community, with reduced crime and increased jobs and training opportunities.

Maggie McCann, Director of Regeneration and Partnerships at Orbit, said: “We’re delighted to be recognised for this prestigious housing award and even more proud that Erith Park has become such a hub for the local community and people in Erith. It was our strong partnership with our development partner, Wates Residential, that allowed us to turn this dream into a reality and we look forward to continuing our work together at Park East.”

Centrally located in Stratford-upon-Avon, on a site once occupied by a redundant office building, Fordham House is comprised of 82 high-quality private rented apartments, completed over two years.

The development executed a focused letting strategy to support local workers, and offers everything from the latest in high-speed connectivity to a dedicated residents’ app and smart boxes for secure deliveries.

The development was brought to market in partnership with Stratford Town Trust, ABD Developments and Robothams Architects, with Deeley Construction as design and build contractors. Fordham House is owned and managed by Orbit, with Stratford Town Trust continuing to retain the freehold.

Adam Cooper, Commercial Director at Orbit, said: “We are delighted to say that Stratford now has a multi-award winning development. For Fordham House to receive this prestigious award is outstanding. The Inside Housing Development Awards only feature the best of the best throughout the whole of the UK and they really focus on quality and design.”

The Inside Housing Development Awards are an opportunity for landlords, developers and architects across the UK to showcase their best developments and teams.