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Theatre Quarter scoops award

Fri 30 October 2015, 9:32 am

Heart of Medway Housing Association, part of the mhs homes group, has triumphed in the New Build category at the Medway Culture, Design and Tourism awards.

The Theatre Quarter development, built on the site of the former Theatre Royal Auditorium, won the prize. It includes 26 one and two-bedroom apartments, available for rent and shared ownership, and was completed in March 2015. It also contains two apartments that have been adapted for use by wheelchair users.

The homes were built thanks to a £650,000 grant from the Homes and Communities Agency. Local contractors Jenner Group built the properties and the shared ownership units were marketed by sales agents Red Loft.

Ashley Hook, chief executive of mhs homes, said: “We are thrilled that our Theatre Quarter development has been recognised as a great example of new build homes.  

“We are proud to contribute to the regeneration of Chatham with our Theatre Quarter scheme and hope to build 540 high-quality homes to rent and buy across Kent, over the next three years.”

Heart of Medway has now expanded beyond the area, having completed its first Dartford development – a collection of two-bedroom homes available for shared ownership.

The awards were announced on Thursday 22 October 2015. Other winners included the world-famous James Taylor Quartet, the Kits Coty glamping site, the Great Lines Heritage Park, Bridgewood Manor Hotel and last year’s Medway Business Awards winners, Dovetail Games.

A number of individuals were also singled out for recognition, including the husband and wife team behind the Wordsmithery literary projects, jewellery designer Sian Bostwick, and Colin Adcock, the driver of the Explore Medway tour bus.  

Councillor Howard Doe, Medway Council’s deputy leader and portfolio holder for community services, said: "The judging panel was impressed with the calibre and variety of projects and people nominated for this year's awards and the contribution they make to Medway's cultural offer.

“It is great to see so many talented people and businesses in Medway and it really does show how remarkable the area is and the talent pool it has.”

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