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Shortlist Announced For Essex Housing Awards 2023


The shortlist for the Essex Housing Awards 2023, held in association with Birketts, has been officially unveiled.


On the day of judgment, a distinguished panel comprising leading housing professionals and advisors engaged in an invigorating discussion, reviewing a record number of entries vying for the coveted awards. The awards have grown in prominence and scope, as they noted a larger number of private businesses - builders, housing associations, local authorities, contractors, agents, and voluntary sector organisations, have applied.


The essence of the Awards lies in acknowledging and celebrating excellence in developments, services, and individuals from the public, private, and voluntary sectors while encouraging best practices throughout the county. This year, there are 12 award categories in total, an increase from previous editions, with the addition of four new categories. Particularly noteworthy is the introduction of The Mo Slade Rising Star Award, sponsored by Anderson, which garnered the highest number of entries among all the categories.


The judges were delighted to observe that an award that required colleague nominations received the highest level of engagement, reflecting the camaraderie and spirit of the industry. Moreover, as all the nominees had to be young professionals, it effectively showcased the rising generation's influence and vigour in the housing sector.


The shortlisted individuals will be eagerly looking forward to the glamorous Awards Ceremony in November. This event will serve as an occasion to celebrate their outstanding achievements and resilience over the past year while also envisioning a bright and promising future for the industry as a whole.


Brian Horton, Director at Horton Strategic Limited said:


"It was a privilege to serve again this year as the Chair of the Judging Panel for the Essex Housing Awards. Each judge brings an expert perspective on the housing and development sector, and their unique contributions enriched the judging process, creating a knowledge-sharing environment."

“I must admit, some decisions were tough to make, but I am confident that the selected awardees truly exemplify excellence in the housing and development sector. We face significant uncertainty in the Housing market, but the awards show that we are in great shape to weather the storm and continue to make a positive difference.”


Alastair Pollock, Strategy Coordinator at Essex Developers Group & South Essex Housing Group said:


"It has been both a privilege and a pleasure to be a category judge this year."


“The competition was fierce as Essex continues to evolve with numerous ground breaking developments across the county, and it's exciting to observe the transformative impact these projects will have on our community."


“Congratulations to all the participants, and I look forward to celebrating the outstanding accomplishments at the awards ceremony."


The shortlisted entries are as follows:


Small Housing Schemes (1 – 24 homes)


Bluebird - HARP


Horkesley Hamlet - ADP & Mersea Homes


Loewen Road, Chadwell St Mary - Thurrock Council


Shenfield Library - Essex Housing


The Meadows (Ardale) - Kind & Company


Valerie Lodge - Sempra Homes Ltd (Basildon Borough Council)


Woodhall Road - CHP


Medium Housing Schemes (25 – 100 homes) sponsored by Qualis Group


Abbey Corner - Peabody


Manor Grove, Silver End - Sanctuary


Mount Hill Development - Eastlight Community Homes


Shernbroke, Waltham Abbey - Essex Housing


Transforming Independent Living - Epping Forest District Council


Large Housing Schemes (101+ homes) sponsored by Birketts


Abbey Meadows, Great Wakering - Sanctuary


Aylett's Green - Cavendish Consulting


Beechwood Village - Pollard Thomas Edwards


Chesterwell - ADP & Mersea Homes


Excellence in Design & Placemaking sponsored by Latimer by Clarion Housing Group


Beechwood Village - Pollard Thomas Edwards


Bluebird - SKArchitects


Horkesley Hamlet - ADP


The Meadows (Ardale) - Kind & Company


Excellence in Construction Skills sponsored by CHP


Essex Careers Magazine - Essex County Council


Essex Multiply and Specialist Trades Company Group (STC Group) - Essex County Council


Mears Trade School - Thurrock Council and Mears


South Essex Construction Skills Academy - Southend-on-Sea City Council


Climate Action – Decarbonisation / Retrofit


Chadwell High Rise Retrofit Project - Thurrock Council and Kensa


Southend-on-Sea City Council Retrofit Action - Southend-on-Sea City Council


Climate Action – Low / Zero Carbon in New Homes sponsred by Cala Homes


Bluebird - HARP


Harewood Regeneration - Brentwood Borough Council


Net Zero Carbon New Home - Essex County Council in partnership with EPOA


Ryedene - Sempra Homes Ltd (Basildon Council)


Meeting Housing Need


Acquisitions, Private Sector & Resettlement Project - Southend-on-Sea City Council


Bluebird - HARP


Cricketers Court - Basildon Borough Council


Essex Housing Team - Essex Housing


Mount Hill Development - Eastlight Community Homes


Neighbourhood Transformation


Brookfield Close - Brentwood Borough Council


Colchester Borough Homes


The Parkside Community Hub - CHP


Digital Impact


Estuary Housing Association's Digital Platforms


HGGT Your Quality of Life


Housing & Development Professional of the Year sponsored by Kind & Company


Heather Blanchard, CHP


Kate Gerrish, CHP


Leanne Turner, Epping Forest District Council


Melanie Keys, Sempra Homes Ltd (Basildon Borough Council)


Paul Gayler, Chelmsford City Council


The Mo Slade Rising Star Award sponsored by Anderson


Ben Harrison, Southend-on-Sea City Council


Charlotte Wright, Epping Forest District Council


Daniel Leach, Eastlight Community Homes


Danielle Simpson, SKAchitects


Faye Creasey, Southend-on-Sea City Council


Holly McCauley, Epping Forest District Council


James Foster, Estuary Housing Association


Luke Rapley, Basildon Borough Council


Thomas Scotting, CHP


The Essex Housing Awards 2023 are in partnership with Essex Developers Group (EDG) and South Essex Housing Group (SEHG), in association with headline partner Birketts, and sponsored & supported by Anderson, Cala Homes, CHP, Kind & Company, Latimer by Clarion Housing Group, Qualis Group and Rentplus.


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