What House? Awards Focus: Housing Association of the Year

Date:

Wednesday 6th June 2012

A2Dominion’s Alan Johnson (2nd from right) collects a What House? Award

Affinity Sutton scooped Housing Association of the Year at 2011 What House? Awards, while A2Dominion and Origin Housing were awarded silver and bronze respectively.

Gold - Affinity Sutton
National affordable housing provider, Affinity Sutton, was awarded the gold award in the ‘Housing Association of the Year' category at the What House Awards, held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.

The judges comments included: "Affinity Sutton takes the Gold Award for the way it has responded to a rapidly changing market with skill, thoughtfulness and real commitment to help its customers at a difficult time.

Speaking after the glittering ceremony, Kerry Kyriacou, group director of development and new business at Affinity Sutton, said: "We are absolutely delighted to be awarded the gold as the housing association of the year at the What House? Awards. We have an ongoing commitment to providing good quality homes and to expand the choices for our customers."

Affinity Sutton owns and manages over 56,000 homes in England and in the past year, has provided 1,200 homes for people ranging from first time buyers to families. It has also signed a £65m contract with the Homes and Communities Agency to deliver 3,098 new homes over the next four years.

The judges summed up: "Affinity Sutton wins for the all-round quality and effectiveness of its approach. Through real drive and innovation it is showing how a big housing association can step up to the plate, thinking hard, adapting and acting on its customers' changing needs in a harsh economic climate."

Affinity Sutton also picked up two awards for Graylingwell Park, its joint development with Linden Homes and the Homes and Communities Agency: gold for ‘Best Sustainable Development' and silver for ‘Best Brownfield Development'.

Affinity Sutton offers homes to rent or buy through a number of various schemes, including shared ownership (part buy/part rent), intermediate rent and equity loans.

Silver - A2Dominion
A2Dominion has been described as an organisation that is ‘thoroughly impressive in everything it does' after being awarded silver for Housing Association of the Year.
Comedian and actor Hugh Dennis, star of BBC comedy Outnumbered and panellist on Mock the Week, presented the award to the Group (see image).

Judges praised A2Dominion for the ‘thoughtful' design of its new homes and said it was ‘an impressive all-round operator at the top of its game'.

'A2Dominion controls more than 34,000 homes across London and the South East but manages to retain a highly personal customer care service,' the judges' report stated.

'A wide range of tenures and ownership pathways offer buyers and tenants flexibility to choose the right option for them, and to switch tenures if circumstances change.'

The judges also commented: 'The company has introduced a range of innovative marketing techniques and was the first housing association to launch iPhone and Android apps dedicated to the search of both shared ownership and private sale properties.'

Alan Johnson, A2Dominion New Homes' executive director (Commercial, London) who collected the award, said: "We're thrilled to have won this Silver award for Housing Association of the Year. We're committed to being the best provider of high quality housing and delivering excellent services for our customers."

Bronze - Origin Housing
The Development at Origin Housing, which picked up a bronze award, team drew high praise with the What House? judges who highlighted the design and build quality of our schemes, commenting that "this willingness to try new things and work with the best design talent has resulted in some memorable developments such as the Wrap in Watford and Churchway on the Euston Road."

They added: "Origin has been providing affordable homes for years, but as a progressive organisation it is very much looking to the future."

The 2012 What House? Awards prospectus / entry brochure is available to download now - Click Here.

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