Housing Essex Excellence Awards: Shortlist

23 July 2019

The shortlist for the first annual Housing Essex Excellence Awards has now been drawn-up.

The awards aim to recognize high quality developments, services and or individuals from the public, private and voluntary sector and promote best practice. It also seeks to encourage greater collaboration and innovation in the housing sector.

A judging panel, made up of housing practitioners and advisors from the public and private sector, was tasked with drawing up a shortlist from a range of high standard nominations when they met on 18 July.

Nominations were received from house builders, housing associations, local authorities, contractors, agents and voluntary sector who deliver housing and related services in Essex. 

There were seven categories up for consideration this year.

  1. Housing schemes (over 50 homes)
  2. Housing schemes (under 50 homes)
  3. Innovation 
  4. Skills 
  5. Delivering services to vulnerable people
  6. Partnership
  7. Housing professional of the year

The awards are being promoted by the Essex Developers Group and South Essex Housing Group, with support from our main sponsor Birketts and other partners. 

Mark Curle, Chair of the Essex Developers Group, said: “The awards have attracted some high-quality entries this year, demonstrating just how much talent we have in Essex.”

Helen McCabe, Chair of the South Essex Housing Group, added: “We now look forward to inviting the shortlisted entries to a prestigious award ceremony in the autumn where the finalists will be announced.”

Steven Kay, Head of Housebuilders at Birketts said: “Holding the Housing Excellence Awards is a fabulous way to promote the good work of partners in the delivery of housing excellence. We look forward to the awards ceremony and the opportunity to celebrate with the shortlisted partners and winners alike.”

Further information about the awards can be found on the Housing Essex website

The shortlist for the Housing Essex Excellence Awards 2019 is as follows:

Housing schemes (over 50 homes) 

  • Delfords – CHP
  • Carnarvon Road – Estuary
  • St Lukes – Countryside Properties
  • Beechwood – Swan

Housing schemes (under 50 homes)

  • Tops Club – Thurrock BC
  • Goldlay Square – Essex Housing
  • Rochford Road – Southend-on-Sea BC
  • Cherwell – CHP
  • White Heather House – SK Architects /HARP
  • Maple Court – Sempra Homes


  • Meadow Scheme – Calford Seaden
  • Modular Housing – Swan
  • Energiesprong – Moat


  • SECTA + Basildon Advice Hub – Southend-on-Sea & Basildon BC 
  • Skills development – Essex CC
  • Lunch & Learn – ECTA (Essex Construction Training Association)

Delivery services to vulnerable people 

  • Housing Related Support – Greenfields Community Housing
  • Tenancy Sustainability Team – Greenfields Community Housing
  • Jake Barnes – Estuary HA
  • White Heather House – HARP
  • Foyers – Swan


  • Working together affordable housing – Colne, Iceni & Braintree 
  • South Essex Domestic Abuse Hub – South Essex Local Authorities
  • Management of Temporary Accommodation – CHP & Chelmsford CC
  • White Heather House - SK Architects / HARP
  • Swan & Basildon 25 Years – Swan
  • Multi Agency Rough Sleeper – Southend-on-Sea BC

Housing professional of the year 

  • Adam Thompson – Essex Housing
  • Jennifer Gould – Basildon BC
  • Barbara Horne – Peabody / Essex CC
  • Pete Watts – Swan
  • Maureen Gallocker / Shona Gormley – Thurrock BC