Orbit Homes and Wates awarded Gold for Best Partnership Scheme at the 2023 What House? Awards

Affordable housebuilder, Orbit Homes and leading construction company, Wates are celebrating after being presented with the Gold award for Best Partnership Scheme at the 2023 What House? Awards in recognition of their regeneration of Park East in Erith.

Left to right: Ed Gamble, Comedian (and Host of the Awards), Rebecca Taylor JTP Architects, Shami Kaler, Technical Director, Wates, Maggie McCann, former Orbit Homes Director of Regeneration and Partnerships, and Award Sponsor, Damian Sheridan, Sales Director, Wren Bedrooms © Philippa Gedge Photography

The award was presented following completion of a £120m scheme which was the latest phase by the two organisations of a wider initiative to regenerate two estates in Erith in the London Borough of Bexley.

Between the two phases, around 900 households have been moved from substandard accommodation and a similar number of new homes for market sale, rent and shared ownership have been built under the partnership.

The judges praised the collaborative approach in delivering a thoughtfully designed scheme, with a high level of specification and architectural detail, as well as the palpable community feel that has been generated at what is an exemplar of estate regeneration.

Group Director of Orbit Homes, Helen Moore, commented: “I’m extremely proud of this award. To be presented with the Gold Award for Best Partnership alongside Wates is an outstanding achievement.

“The award is a real testament to how partnership working and a shared commitment to providing high quality affordable homes can help to transform estates previously dominated by poor quality, ageing housing into vibrant and attractive, mixed tenure communities.

Park East and its neighbouring Erith Park are now safe and inclusive communities providing high quality, energy-efficient homes. It’s wonderful to see the team’s shared vision and seamless partnership in creating a place people are proud to call home achieve recognition with this award.” To find out more about Orbit Homes, click here.

Helen Rieman, Business Growth Director, Wates said: “Creating genuine partnerships is what we strive to achieve - to work with deprived and wanting communities, to create not just better homes but a better living environment in all ways.  We are very proud of our collaboration with Orbit and to win this Gold award from WhatHouse? is the culmination of a strong and enduring partnership between our teams.

“The integration with all stakeholders and ensuring that we have a supply chain that is aligned to our and our partners’ values, are all important ingredients to creating a successful new development.  At Park East, we have taken an area and a community that needed support and investment, through a journey which has delivered them a well-connected and quality new place to call home.”