Top social award for Berkshire residential park
Warfield Park in Bracknell, Berkshire, has taken the title of National Social Responsibility Company of the Year at the National Energy Efficiency & Healthy Homes Awards 2017.
The 90-acre residential park of over 500 park homes was announced as the overall category winner by Sir Lenny Henry at the awards ceremony this autumn.
Attended by management and staff from Warfield Park, the glittering finals were held at the NEC’s Hilton Birmingham Metropole.
In addition to the social responsibility accolade, the park was also awarded a Special Commendation in the category of Housing Association/Landlord of the Year.
Barry Sumner, Warfield Park’s managing director, said: “This is a fantastic achievement which brings great credit to our loyal and hardworking team.
“The award is in recognition of our long-term commitment to improve the energy efficiency and performance of our park homes on behalf of our residents and tenants.”
The judges commented: “The detailed methods employed by Warfield to address the needs of their park homes community, and to remedy problems before they become serious, are particularly commendable.
“Their holistic approach to improving the ambience of the site is evidence that the social welfare of their staff and customers is of paramount importance to this company.”
This award recognises the ambitious upgrade programme to improve energy efficiency and performance of park homes at Warfield which recently marked its 70th anniversary.
Energy efficiency measures have been installed in 29 rental park homes under a government initiative, and the park has assisted 49 private residents to do the same during 2016.
Additionally, Warfield Park has been working with its local authority with the aim of enabling private owners to again benefit from government funding likely to be released later this year.
“Although new park homes are considerably more energy efficient than the majority of houses in the UK, there is always room for improvement, especially with older models” said Barry Sumner.
The works on the park were carried out by two companies: Omar Skinner and Sons and Insulated Homes Limited, the latter nominating Warfield Park for the award.
Apart from improving living conditions for residents, projected energy savings are anticipated to be in the region of £500 per year per home, with 920 fewer tonnes of CO2 emitted over the lifetime of each home.
The judges concluded: “This award celebrates Warfield’s outstanding achievements to deliver healthy non-traditional homes, and to create a community in which we all would like to live.”
Recently, the park gained planning consent for an additional 82 new park homes.
Earlier this year Warfield was Highly Commended in the Regional Housing Association/Landlord of the Year category at the south east regional heats of the awards.