Meet The Buyer

Winners of Contractor of the Year 2017




House Party

This year’s Housing Excellence Awards took place on Thursday 25th May at the Principal Hotel in Manchester city centre.

The event, which celebrates the extraordinary individuals and organisations striving to make a difference in the world of housing, is now in its 14th year.

The host for the evening was I’m a Celeberity Get Me Out of Here star and property, travel and lifestyle TV presenter and journalist Martin Roberts,

The event was attended by over 400 people and sponsored by A. Connolly, Bowsall, Building Careers UK, Fortem, Housing Contact, Housing Partners, Keepmoat, Manifest Software Solutions, Mulbury Homes, Seddon and The Vinden Partnership.

Guests were entertained by award-winning comedian, actress and director Nina Conti and the evening was rounded off with an aftershow party in Copper Face Jacks with live music from 5-piece band, Milo Max, who gave guests the chance to sing with a live rock band with their Bandeoke experience A silent auction and prize draw raised just under £2,000 for our chosen charity The Christie, the largest single site cancer centre in Europe.

The judging panel comprised:

Eamon McGoldrick – Independent consultant and managing director of the National Federation of ALMOs

Janet Hale – Director of Pilkington-Hale Partnership

Tom Murtha – former housing association chief executive. Now chair and non-executive on a number of housing and care boards and national working parties and groups

Mary-Kathryn – Rallings-Adams – Deputy chief executive of HACT

Mike Brogan – Chief executive of Procure Plus

Phil Morgan – Former chief executive of TPAS and former executive director of tenant services at the Tenant Services Authority. Now consultant, commentator and speaker on social housing.

Danielle Gillespie – General manager at the Homes and Communities Agency

The winners were:

Best App/ Online Tool

Sponsored by Manifest Software Solutions

Winner: Active Housing Repair Diagnostics – Hallnet Ltd

Best Finance Model

Winner: The Sovini Group

Best IT System

Winner: Insight – Housing Partners

Best Repairs/Maintenance Scheme

Commendation: Hastoe

Winner: Property Plus for South Staffordshire Housing Association

Best Partnering Scheme

Sponsored by Housing Partners

Winner: The Liverpool Housing Partnership

Best Regeneration Scheme

Sponsored by Building Careers UK

Winner: Creating a New Pendleton

Best New Affordable Housing Scheme

Sponsored by The Vinden Partnership

Commendation: Latham Avenue – Halton Housing Trust, Seddon, PRP Architects & Markhams

Winner: Saffron Acres – rg+p, emh Group, Westleigh Partnership Ltd, Leicester City Council and Saffron Lane Neighbourhood Council

Best Supported/ Sheltered Housing Scheme

Sponsored by Bowsall

Winner: Protheroe House – One Housing Group

Customer Service Award

Sponsored by Housing Contact

Winner: Orbit – Help to Buy Midlands

Best Tenant Support/Advice Programme

Sponsored by Keepmoat

Commendation: Stockport Homes

Winner: Midland Heart

Best Tenant Employment/Training Programme

Sponsored by A. Connolly Ltd

Winner: Arhag Housing Association

Arhag Housing Association

Supplier of the Year

Winner: Switch2 Energy Ltd

Contractor of the Year

Winner: A Connolly Ltd

Contractor of the year 2017

Social Landlord of the Year – up to 10,000 properties

Sponsored by Seddon

Winner: Poplar HARCA

Social Landlord of the Year – over 10,000 properties

Sponsored by Mulbury Homes

Winner: First Choice Homes Oldham

Michelle Gordon, managing editor at Excel Media Solutions and editor of Housing magazine said: “Through all the turmoil, drama and the unexpected twists of the last few years one thing has remained constant in the midst of change – and that is the housing sector’s willingness to embrace that change, and meet uncertainty head on.

“Despite the increasingly tough environment, the sector continues to fight the good fight and carry on with its mission to provide quality affordable housing for ordinary people.

“Housing providers are increasingly expanding their remit to tackle wider issues; more than ever they are finding common cause with other public, private and charitable bodies to build powerful partnerships for change. And they continue to explore the boundaries, identifying where and how they can do more.

“Celebrating all this is what the Housing Excellence Awards are all about – highlighting the activities and the achievements of the organisations and the individuals that are at the heart of the social housing industry.”