East Thames and L&Q have been shortlisted for an impressive six First Time Buyer Reader's awards at a ceremony at Speaker’s House on Thursday 9 February. The housing associations, which merged in December, have been recognised in categories which celebrate their extensive contributions to development and regeneration in East London.
As well as improving outdated housing stock, the organisations have been applauded for their work transforming disused commercial space into affordable homes. East Thames’ Foundry Mews, shortlisted for Best Small Development, offers 21 affordable homes on a previously disused garage site. L&Q’s Whitechapel Central is shortlisted for Best Urban Regeneration Project, and will see a former Safestore facility transformed into a 564 home development with shops, a gym and public spaces.
Speaking of the awards, East Thames chief executive Yvonne Arrowsmith said, “It’s fantastic to be recognised by the First Time Buyers awards for another year. We take great pride in supplying good quality housing to people getting their first step on the housing ladder. As a merged organisation, we have the resource to continue helping people from all walks of life live in a quality home that they can afford”
East Thames has been shortlisted for:
- Best Small Development (Foundry Mews)
- Best Large Development (Prospect East)
- Best Show Home (Prospect East)
L&Q has been shortlisted for:
- Best Large Development (Stadium Place)
- Affordable Housing Provider of the Year
- Best Urban Regeneration Project (Whitechapel Central)
You can vote for East Thames and L&Q here. Voting closes on Monday 10 April, and the results will be announced at an awards ceremony on Friday 21 April.