What is the cost of entering the awards?
The awards are completely free to enter and involve submitting an online entry form, along with some supporting information.
What information do I have to include in my entry?
Each entry form requires you to provide the following:
For developments: some factual information on the development (see below)
For team categories: a 150 word brief overview of the team
Answers to two questions; the first asks you to summarise your pitch in 100 words and the second asks you to state why the development or team should win the award in 1,000 words
Two high-quality horizontal photographs related to your submission (such as a photo of the individual or team) to appear on screen and potentially within the awards programme on the night if you are shortlisted.
Up to three pieces of supporting evidence (Please provide where available: a site plan, a block plan (for blocks/flats/multi-occupancy), a dwelling plan for an individual home, and visuals/CGIs of the outside elevations. Please note that the judges will not be able to read lengthy pitch documents and this will not be used during shortlisting, so make sure that your entry statement is clear and persuasive. Judges will refer to supporting evidence only when considering the finalists and deciding on the winners.
Two high quality landscape images to represent your development/team/entry. These will be used on large screens at the awards ceremony if you are shortlisted. By entering you are agreeing that Inside Housing can use/publish the images supplied.
Factual information required for developments:
How do I submit my entry?
All entries are submitted via an online entry form here.
You do not have to complete your entry in one sitting. Partially complete entries can be saved for later and edited until the entry deadline.
Can I submit multiple entries?
You may enter as many categories as you like, but please ensure that your entry statement is carefully tailored to the category you are entering.
After starting your first category, you may enter another category by clicking ’Make another application’ on the left-hand side of the page.
Can a development or team be entered into more than one category?
Yes, but please ensure that your entry statement is carefully tailored to the category you are entering.
Can I exceed the wordcount?
No, the system will not allow you to finalise entries which have exceeded the wordcount.
What photographs should I submit with my entry?
Two high quality landscape images to represent your development/team/entry. Photos must be landscape and must be provided as a high-resolution electronic image (jpeg) with a minimum of 300dpi.
What is the maximum upload size for photographs?
We do not set a max upload size; the system default is 2 GB per file.
What will the photographs be used for?
Photographs will be used only if you are short listed on screen at the awards ceremony and within publicity materials. By entering you are agreeing that Inside Housing can use/publish the images supplied.
What if I do not have photographs to submit yet?
You will need to submit two photographs in order to physically submit the entry. If you need to change the photograph after the entry deadline, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Am I eligible to enter the awards?
Our awards are very simple to enter and are open to anyone involved in the housing sector – just about anyone is eligible to enter at least one category.
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.
Can testimonials be included as supporting information?
Testimonials should be included within the word count of your submission. Testimonials uploaded as images will not be reviewed by the judges.
Is there any way we can submit stakeholder testimonials as an appendix?
These need to be included in the word count.
When do I need to submit my entry by?
Entries must be submitted by 25 Feb 2021. Should you require assistance with submitting your entry, please contact email@example.com.
Will you be extending the entry deadline?
To request an extension, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Please provide details of your organisation and the category you plan on entering as well as your contact name, number and email and a team member will be in contact closer to the deadline.
Finalists and winners
When will the short list be announced?
The short list will be announced online on the week commencing Monday 22 March, with the official announcement in the April edition of Inside Housing magazine.
Will I be contacted if my entry is short listed?
Yes, we will contact successful applicants using the contact details provided on the submission to inform them if their organisation is a finalist and the next steps.
What happens after finalists are chosen?
After the short list announcement, each judging panel will meet for a day to discuss the short-listed entries and decide who should be the overall winner, based on the original entry.
When will the winners be announced?
Winners for each category will be announced at the awards ceremony, taking place on week commencing 28 June 2021 in London.
My submission was unsuccessful in being shortlisted, is it possible to get feedback?
We are unable to provide feedback on entries which did not make it through the first stage of shortlisting.
Who will be judging the category I have entered?
Information for all of the confirmed judges can be found on ihda.co.uk/judging they have all been carefully selected and are experts in their field.
The awards ceremony
What is the dress code for the awards?
How do I book for the award ceremony?
Tickets for the ceremony will be made available from the week commencing Monday 22 March. If your entry has been successfully shortlisted, we will contact you with more details on table packages and how to book your places at the ceremony.
Bookings need to be made using our online portal. Payment can be made either through invoice or debit/credit card payment.