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Please see the 2021 categories below. 

Best development team

Whether your team is well established or growing, this award will recognise ambition and excellent performance. The winning team will be able to demonstrate outstanding achievement to deliver high quality new homes and places that meet the needs of residents. The number of homes developed will definitely not be the only measure: new teams, teams at newly developing organisations are also eligible and the judges will be looking out for new construction methods, innovation through COVID-19 and sustainability.

 

Eligibility: The award will relate to work carried out between 1 May 2019 and 31 May 2021. Entries are welcomed from organisations including housing association, councils, ALMOs and developers. Entries made with/on behalf of clients (housing associations, councils, ALMOs, housebuilder/developer) must be endorsed by the client.

 

Judges will be looking for:

  • The team’s key achievements during the year
  • How this met and exceeded the objectives of the wider organisation
  • How the team has maximised development potential
  • How the team has built relationships and worked with stakeholders
  • How the team ensures the need of customers are met
  • Examples that demonstrate the team’s achievement
  • Stakeholder feedback
  • What you regard as unique/innovative about this team that others might learn from

Best partnership

Some of the most successful developments have been made possible by strong and genuine collaboration between partners. The winning entry will demonstrate the tangible outcomes possible only because of the partnership.

 

Eligibility: The award will be for a development completed, in construction or in receipt of planning permission between 1 May 2019 and 31 May 2021. Entries are welcomed covering all types of partnership, including joint ventures and collaboration between clients and suppliers/advisors. Entries must be endorsed by partners described in the entry.

 

Judges will be looking for:

  • An overview of the development, including number and tenure of homes
  • Overview of partners and the scope of collaborative working
  • Any challenges to be overcome
  • Evidence of specific outcomes/benefits achieved and why the partnership was the answer
  • Stakeholder feedback
  • What you regard as unique or innovative about this partnership that others might learn from

Best older people’s housing development

Older people’s homes have been in the spotlight this year more than ever before. Throughout this time, and as the population ages, the need for well-designed homes for older people becomes ever more important. This award will recognise a completed or planned development that creates homes for older people that are desirable, safe, accessible and are well designed to meet current and future care and support needs. Homes may be part of a multi-use and/or mixed tenure development.

 

Eligibility: Developments may be large or small, including any number of homes. Developments must have been completed, in construction or in receipt of planning permission between 1 May 2019 and 31 May 2021. Entries made with/on behalf of clients (housing associations, councils, ALMOs, housebuilder/developer) must be endorsed by the client.

 

Judges will be looking for:

  • How the development meets the needs of residents, contributing to their health, wellbeing and long-term quality of life
  • A breakdown of the tenure on the development
  • How the development creates a desirable place to live
  • Design and sustainability features/construction methods
  • Resident and stakeholder feedback • Location and infrastructure considerations
  • Financial/sales/lettings performance where relevant
  • What you regard as unique about this development that others might learn from

Best shared ownership development

The majority of Britons aspire to own their own home, and for many shared ownership offers a unique opportunity to get a foot on the ladder. This award will recognise a completed or planned development that creates a new community and a desirable, high quality homes for shared ownership, which may be part of a multi-use and/or mixed tenure development.

 

Eligibility: Developments may be large or small, including any number of homes. Developments must have been completed, in construction or in receipt of planning permission between 1 May 2019 and 31 May 2021. Entries made with/on behalf of clients (housing associations, councils, ALMOs) must be endorsed by the client.

 

Judges will be looking for:

  • How you have structured the development and the offer to meet the needs of shared owners
  • A breakdown of the tenure on the development
  • How the development creates a desirable place to live
  • Design and sustainability features/construction methods
  • Resident and stakeholder feedback
  • Location and infrastructure considerations
  • Financial/sales performance where relevant
  • Performance of your sales and marketing campaign
  • What you regard as unique about this development that others might learn from

Best regeneration project

Regeneration projects can turn around a place, creating opportunities to meet housing need and making a difference to employment, health and education. This award will recognise a completed regeneration project that has turned a place around and created more homes.

 

Eligibility: Projects may be large or small, including any number of homes. Development must have been completed between 1 May 2019 and 31 October 2020. Entries made with/on behalf of clients (housing associations, councils, ALMOs, housebuilder/developer) must be endorsed by the client.

 

Judges will be looking for:

  • How the regeneration project tangibly improved the place and created a desirable place to live
  • How this project enhanced the wider area for all
  • How you engaged with existing residents and provided support to maintain the community
  • A breakdown of the tenure on the development before and after the regeneration project
  • Partners involved
  • Resident and stakeholder feedback
  • What you regard as unique about this development that others might learn from

Climate change retrofit project of the year - sponsored by AICO

Climate change retrofit project of the year - sponsored by AICO

Emissions from the housing sector will need to be dramatically reduced if the UK is to have any hope of hitting its target of reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. With 5m homes in the social sector alone in the UK there is a massive job ahead to create the housing that fits the bill. This award will look to single out the housing providers who are leading the way. We want to find exemplar projects that will inspire other landlords, housing associations, councils and ALMOs to take action – delivering homes that are better for occupants and the environment.

 

Eligibility: Projects may be large or small, including any number of homes. Entries made with/on behalf of clients (housing associations, councils, ALMOs, landlord) must be endorsed by the client.

 

Judges will be looking for:

  • Detail on how the project reduces carbon emissions and contributes to net-zero 2050
  • Improve occupants’ lives, in terms of living environment, health or reducing bills
  • Brings homes back into use or extends their effective life-cycle
  • Acts as an exemplar that could be rolled out by other landlords
  • Access to funding for this, if applicable
  • How stakeholders and residents were engaged with good project management and communications

Best healthy homes development

The impact that housing has on mental and physical health has never been more apparent than in the last year – and research has suggested that poor housing costs the NHS £1.4bn each year. This award will recognise a completed development that makes a positive contribution to the health of its occupants. It will be an exemplar scheme that maximises living space, safety, natural light and air quality. It will be a home that is fit for the future too – with excellent sustainability standards.

 

Eligibility: Projects may be large or small, including any number of homes. Development must have been completed between 1 May 2019 and 31 May 2021. Entries made with/on behalf of clients (housing associations, councils, ALMOs, housebuilder/developer) must be endorsed by the client.

 

Judges will be looking for:

  • How the development will contribute to the health and well-being of occupants
  • How the development creates homes in which people can thrive rather than survive
  • Excellent design that maximises living space, natural light and air quality
  • What you regard as excellent about the development that others might learn from

Best development

The need for more housing has risen up the political agenda across the UK, and the need to boost residential development is clear. This award will recognise a completed or planned housing development that answers that call. The development will demonstrate ambition and create a great place where people want to live. Homes may be part of a multi-use development and this award is also open to sheltered housing, build-to-rent, student, co-living and custom build developments.

 

Eligibility: Developments may be large or small, including any number of homes, apartments, rooms. Developments must have been completed, in construction or in receipt of planning permission between 1 May 2019 and 31 May 2021. Entries made with/on behalf of clients (housing associations, councils, ALMOs, housebuilder, developer) must be endorsed by the client.

 

Judges will be looking for:

  • How the development meets the needs of the occupier, homeowner
  • A breakdown of the tenure on the development
  • How the development creates a desirable place to live and play
  • Design and sustainability features/construction methods/technology
  • Resident, occupier and stakeholder feedback
  • Location and infrastructure considerations
  • Financial/sales performance where relevant
  • What you regard as unique about this development that others might learn from

Best affordable housing development

The UK housing crisis means that the delivery of homes that are affordable to those on lower incomes is more important than ever. This award will recognise a completed development that creates a new community and a desirable, high quality place to live that residents can afford. The winning development will offer social, affordable, sub-market and/or intermediate market rent homes, which may be part of a multi-use and/or mixed tenure development.

 

Eligibility: Developments may be large or small, including any number of homes and s106 homes are eligible. Developments must have been completed, in construction or in receipt of planning permission between 1 May 2019 and 31 May 2021. Entries made with/on behalf of clients (housing associations, councils, ALMOs, housebuilder/developer) must be endorsed by the client.

 

Judges will be looking for:

  • How you have maximised affordability
  • A breakdown of the tenure on the development
  • How the development meets local housing need
  • Design and sustainability features/construction methods
  • Resident and stakeholder feedback
  • Location and infrastructure considerations
  • What you regard as unique about this development that others might learn from

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