Regenerating North Solihull wins national Housebuilder award

Winner of Best Partnership between a Developer and the Public Sector in the Housebuilder Innovation Awards 2007

(26th November 2007)

The Regenerating North Solihull project has won a top national award at a ceremony in London hosted by the Home Builders Federation (HBF).

The £1.8 billion project, that will transform the three wards of Chelmsley Wood, Smith's Wood and Kingshurst & Fordbridge over the next 15 years, won the Best Partnership between a Developer and the Public Sector at the Housebuilding Innovation Awards.

Now in their third year, the awards, sponsored by leading magazine Housebuilder, have become the leading showcase for innovation and quality in the housebuilding industry, with entries coming from the country's industry leaders.

The award recognises the strength and success of the North Solihull Partnership - the consortium driving the regeneration project - which is made up of developer Bellway Homes, land owner Solihull Council, registered social landlord Whitefriars Housing Group and regeneration specialists Inpartnership.

Two years into the project and significant progress has already been made with planning permission for more than 500 new homes and over 250 built or under construction by Bellway. By the end of the project, the area will be regenerated with 8,000 new properties, 10 new primary schools and 5 new village centres.

The first new school in the area, Kingshurst Primary School will be completed by the end of the year thanks to an investment of more than £6 million. The North Solihull Partnership has also helped fund community initiatives such as NS Fusion, which has been instrumental in reducing crime and anti-social behaviour amongst young people in North Solihull, and is an award winning project in its own right.

The judges said of the project: "Bellway's work with the North Solihull Partnership impressed both because of the sheer scale and breadth of the scheme and the commitment shown by the housebuilder in terms of its level of investment including £6m in the project."

Janet Bradbury, chief executive of the North Solihull Partnership, said: "Bellway has a strong track record in the regeneration sector and it is playing a key part in this ambitious programme to transform the lives of 40,000 residents in North Solihull."

Peter Stoker, commercial director at Bellway, which also won Best Sustainability Initiative, said: "This is extremely good news. Sustainability and partnership are enshrined in our approach to business so it is very helpful when it is recognised by our industry peers."

Judges for the Innovation Awards included Stewart Baseley, Executive Chairman of the HBF, David Birbeck, Chief Executive, Design for Homes, Imitiaz Farookhi, Chief Executive, NHBC, John Lewis, Director Strategic Joint Ventures, English Partnerships and Canada Smith, Head of Urban Design and Sustainable Buildings, CLG.


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