Two council-owned housing developments in Barking have won industry recognised awards at a ceremony in central London.
The Sunday Times British Homes Awards, which took place at the Marriott Hotel in Grovesnor Square on 18 October, recognised Barking Riverside as Development of the Year, while the Anne Mews terraced housing estate picked up a gong for Best Affordable Housing Scheme.
The former, developed by Bellway Homes, is one of the largest residential schemes in the country, set to comprise 10,800 homes over 175ha on its completion. With the first phase of the project concluded, Barking Riverside now includes a school, place of worship and healthcare facilities.
Judges said: “This scheme stands out thanks to its greenery, proximity to the river and above average number of houses for a new build scheme and affordability.”
Karen Coulsen, sales director at Bellway Essex, said: "We are really proud of what has been achieved this year at City East and the whole team at Barking Riverside is delighted that the development has been recognised for its great qualities.
"Buyers at City East are becoming part of something really exciting so it’s no wonder that homes here are selling well."
Anne Mews is a short terraced estate adjacent to the town’s William Street Quarter development, comprising 31 houses, occupied by council tenants. It was designed by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris and Maccreanor Lavington.
Councillor Cameron Geddes, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said: “It is a sign of how many great regeneration projects there are in Barking and Dagenham that the borough won two awards at this very prestigious ceremony.
"Anne Mews is very popular with the people who live there, and the quality of the houses shows the council’s commitment to improve the standard of housing for local people. We are taking enquiries now for the Barking and Dagenham Reside homes next door, which we believe will prove to be just as popular as these award-winning houses.
"Barking Riverside is truly one of the most impressive new housing developments in the land, so it’s no surprise that the judges awarded it Development of the Year."
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