Orbit has been named the fifth Top UK Landlord, in a list by housing sector magazine, 24 Housing.
Beating off other landlords such as Gentoo, Riverside and Sanctuary, Orbit has jumped up three places in the UK Top 50 Landlords since last year when it achieved eighth position.
Orbit was commended for the launch of its innovation hoarding toolkit in partnership with the Coventry University and the Knowledge Transfer Partnership, and its independent living schemes – including extra care scheme St Bede’s which was recently named Development of the Year (East Midlands) in the CIH Midlands Awards 2014.
Also highlighted was Orbit’s commitment to planning big for the future, both for its customers and communities, and within the housing sector.
Orbit launched its 2020 Vision last year, and is already making good progress against the ambitious targets, which include building 12,000 homes, providing 10,000 training or employment opportunities, and delivering £30 million of community investment by 2020.
Paul Tennant, Chief Executive Orbit Group, said: “The 2020 Vision is driven by a desire to be thinking about the future rather than responding to think tanks talking about the future. We can’t necessarily second guess what the future is going to look like, but we’ve got to be able to react to it.”
It’s this forward-thinking that made Orbit stand out to the judges, with the National Housing Federation’s Henry Gregg, saying: “The way Orbit set out their aims through their 2020 Vision was really eye-catching and ambitious and brought housing thinkers and stakeholders together in a hugely impressive way. They are already delivering against these objectives and producing research which continues to develop sector thinking.”