Vistry Partnerships clears up at What House? Awards 2020

The annual What House? Awards are hailed as the most prestigious in the housebuilding and development industry, and this year saw Vistry Partnerships scoop an enviable four awards across three of its London regeneration schemes.

This included two Gold awards for Lime Quarter; the first scheme to be delivered by Partnerships’ London Developments team, and undertaken in a Joint Venture with Newlon Housing Trust. winning the coveted categories: ‘Best Partnership’ and ‘Best Mixed-Use Development’.

Matthew Taylor Managing Director for Vistry Partnerships, London Developments, commented:

“Just over three years ago, Vistry Partnerships’ London Developments acquired its first site with Newlon Housing Trust at Lime Quarter, Bow, following the successful delivery of previous phases for Peabody. Having only completed the construction programme earlier this year, during the height of the Covid pandemic, the scheme is now already 99% sold, with only two apartments remaining, and is hailed as a landmark building for the local community in Bow, East London, where it provides not only high quality mixed tenure homes for local people but also creates modern, sleek work space for local businesses to thrive within. A fantastic effort to all those involved, well done to the our project architect KSS, and our development, project delivery and sales team for enabling this award to be achieved.”

Judges praised the scheme, following a recent site visit, commenting that: “Its particular USP is provided by its links with the wider London community. With the DLR station adjacent, and Stratford, the Westfield shopping centre, the Olympic Park, Canary Wharf and the City just minutes away, but with Bow purchase and living costs, the attractions of this socially beneficial scheme are manifest.”

They added: “Tenants of these commercial spaces benefit from excellent facilities and include established local businesses, new businesses, relocations from other parts of London and, more importantly, residents, who now benefit from a very short commute. It was the integration into the residential development of live/workspace that the judges found commendable.”

Mike Hinch, CEO of Newlon Housing Trust, commented:

“Lime Quarter was Newlon’s first Joint Venture and we are delighted to have had the opportunity to partner with Vistry on such a high quality and in demand development.  Newlon was delighted to have worked on this joint venture with a partner having Vistry’s approach and expertise, and we are proud of the quality of the development we have jointly produced.

We look forward to continuing to work with the great Vistry team on future schemes.”

Furthermore, Partnerships’ Lyons Place, a mixed-use contracting project delivered for property developer Almacantar in west London, was also awarded Gold, this time within the: ‘Best Exterior Design’ category, creating an impressive hat-trick of Gold wins for the London business unit.

Hailed for its high-quality finishes and the outstanding overall design of Lyons Place, judges said: “This scheme of apartments and townhouses, designed by architect Sir Terry Farrell, has a strong and vibrant identity, characterised by the giant filling station pump motif, which gives the building a powerful street presence. In a world where tasteful and restrained modernism dominates, the building dares to be different and creates a sense of place.”

Lastly, Partnerships London secured its quartet of wins by taking a very respectable Silver trophy in the ‘Best Build-To-Rent’ category for its Blackhorse Mills development undertaken for Legal & General.

The scheme was Partnerships London’s first Build-To-Rent scheme and Legal & General’s first direct development, making the award win a real achievement for all those involved.

Judges praised the scheme for being “amenity- conscious with outstanding digital infrastructure, but also very much design-led, to create a premium product in the BTR sector.”

Additionally, they said: “Creating a sense of place in a wider community context was important, working collaboratively to drive the regeneration of this area of London.”

Ray Toft, Managing Director for Vistry Partnerships London:

“I am delighted that our London business unit have truly excelled themselves at this years’ What House Awards, taking home four wins across three of our London flagship schemes. I’m proud to see so many of our contracting schemes being awarded with this prestigious title.”

“Each of our project teams have worked extremely hard during what was possibly one of the most challenging years with strict new guidance imposed upon our sites due to the Covid pandemic. Winning awards of this calibre during such unprecedented times seals our excellence as a first -rate contractor and I am very proud of our site teams responsible for delivering these fantastic schemes.”