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
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
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.”