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3rd Jul, 2022

Stratford flat complex scoops second award

FORDHAM House in Stratford has been awarded a second prestigious accolade.

The 82-flat complex – located on the corner of Birmingham Road and Clopton Road – has been named Best Build for Rent Development at the national Inside Housing Development awards.

The £10.4million Orbit Housing Association owned complex opened in September 2017 offering rental accommodation, with priority given to key workers such as nurses, firefighters, and teachers.

Earlier this year the complex was awarded Residential Property of the Year at the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors awards.

Commercial director Adam Cooper said: “We are delighted to say that Stratford now has a multi-award winning development. For Fordham House to receive this prestigious award is amazing. The Inside Housing Development Awards only feature the best of the best throughout the whole of the UK and they really focus on quality and design.”

Despite its success, the company has faced criticism over the number of flats let to those classified as key workers.

Just six were home to the likes of nurses, police officers and teachers at the time of the first award, with the majority of the rest let to people working in the district.

Orbit did not confirm the actual number of key workers currently renting at Fordham House when asked directly by the Observer.

A spokeswoman said: “Priority for re-lettings will continue to be given to workers in the NHS, emergency services and schools, followed by people who work in local businesses within the Stratford District Council area. Seventy-three of residents currently living in Fordham House fall within these categories.”

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