An innovative makeover project that engaged with residents on two streets in Normanton has scooped a national award in the building services industry.

Derby Homes were nominated as part of a joint entry with Vaillant UK, part of an international heating and hot water corporation based in Derbyshire, at the prestigious Heating and Ventilation News Awards, held on Thursday 20 April at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.

The two organisations picked up the Collaboration Award for their work on the ‘Normanton Project’, beating out competition including Heathrow Airport, Ulster Hospital and Birmingham New Street Station.

The win recognised the collaborative partnership between Derby Homes and Vaillant UK, who supply boilers to many of Derby Homes’ 13,000+ properties, a partnership which came about through Efficiency East Midlands (EEM), a not for profit procurement consortium established in 2010.

Derby Homes and Derby City Council began planning the rejuvenation project in parts of Normanton and Peartree in April 2016. Longer term, the aim is to acquire properties in the area and to develop an established, Housing Management  presence in the local community. The project was motivated by a desire to drive up housing standards in Normanton and Peartree, increase engagement with residents, and generate a sense of pride in the area.

To kickstart this initiative, a two-day ‘deep clean’ of two Normanton streets took place in July 2016, with significant involvement from Vaillant volunteers and Derby City Council’s StreetPride team. Work involved cleaning the road and footpaths, repainting houses, putting up hanging baskets and moving bins from off the pavements to back gardens.

Shaun Bennett, Director of Investment and Regeneration at Derby Homes said about the win:

“Winning the H&V News Collaboration Award speaks to how closely we have been working with Valliant and other partners to make this initiative a success. It’s fantastic to have been recognised for all the hard work that has gone into this project – and that’s still continuing to make Normanton a great place to live. Their support has made it all possible.”

The project also involved a number of other partners, who helped to engage with residents over the two days to give a sense of ownership and pride in their community.

This regeneration project will help tackle social inequality by improving the neighbourhood so it is no longer seen as a ‘less desirable’ place to live in Derby.