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Best residential 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 residential development that answers that call. The development will demonstrate ambition and create a great place where residents want to live. Homes may be part of a multi-use 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 2016 and 31 October 2017. Entries made with/on behalf of clients (housing associations, councils, ALMOs) must be endorsed by the client.

Judges will be looking for:

- How the development meets local housing need and the needs of residents

 

- 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

- 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 rent, affordable rent, 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 2016 and 31 October 2017. 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 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

Best build for rent development

The private rented sector is the fastest growing tenure in the UK, and government, investors and landlords alike are backing the burgeoning build for rent sector. This award will recognise a completed or planned development that creates a new community and a desirable, high quality rented homes. The winning development will offer private rented 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. Developments must have been completed, in construction or in receipt of planning permission between 1 May 2016 and 31 October 2017. Entries are welcomed from organisations including landlords, developers and investors. 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 maximised provision of rental homes

- 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/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 2016 and 31 October 2017. 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

- What you regard as unique about this development that others might learn from

Best older people's housing development

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 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 2016 and 31 October 2017. Entries made with/on behalf of clients (housing associations, councils, ALMOs) 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 regeneration project

Regeneration projects can turn around a place, creating opportunities to meet housing need and making a different 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 2016 and 31 October 2017. Entries made with/on behalf of clients (housing associations, councils, ALMOs) 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 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

Best approach to modular construction

Modular construction offers important solutions to many construction challenges, allowing developers to build at scale and at speed, while reducing the pressure on hard-to-find trades to produce quality homes. This award will recognise a completed or planned housebuilding project utilising offsite, modular or modern technologies and methods of construction. The winning entry will demonstrate how these methods enable efficient, speedy build, value for money and desirable, energy efficient homes.

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 2016 and 31 October 2017. Entries made with/on behalf of clients (housing associations, councils, ALMOs) must be endorsed by the client.

Judges will be looking for:

- A breakdown of the tenure on the development

- Location and infrastructure considerations

- An explanation of the methods and technology used, why, and the benefits this afforded

- Design and sustainability features

- How the development and construction method meet the needs of residents

- Stakeholder feedback

- What you regard as unique and innovative about this development that others might learn from

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 not be the only measure: new teams, teams at newly developing organisations are also eligible.

Eligibility: The award will relate to work carried out between 1 May 2016 and 31 October 2017. Entries are welcomed from organisations including housing association, councils, ALMOs and developers. Entries made with/on behalf of clients (housing associations, councils, ALMOs) 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 sales and marketing team

This award will recognise excellence in sales, marketing and strategic support. The winning team will be able to demonstrate outstanding sales performance, innovative approaches and high levels of satisfaction from home buyers and colleagues alike.

Eligibility: The award will be for work carried out between 1 May 2016 and 31 October 2017. Entries are welcomed from organisations including housing associations, local authorities, ALMOs, developers and agencies. Entries made with/on behalf of clients (housing associations, councils, ALMOs) 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 sales potential (including evidence of performance)

- Examples that demonstrate the team’s achievement and any innovative approaches

- How the team ensures the need of customers are met

- Stakeholder feedback

Best architectural design

This award will recognise outstanding, innovative design on a multi-unit housing development. The winner will be able to demonstrate creative, user-focused solutions that meet the needs of the client and residents alike. Entries should showcase design excellence, the creation of homes and places rather than buildings, and efficient, comfortable and well-functioning homes.

Eligibility: The award is for a development of 20+ units. The award will be for a development completed between 1 May 2016 and 31 October 2017. Entries must be endorsed by the client.

Judges will be looking for:

- An overview of the development, including number and tenure of homes

- Any location/infrastructure considerations

- Key design and sustainability features

- Details of any constraints arising from the site, project context or budget, and how these were overcome

- How the architectural design approach/solution addressed a key challenge to add value/make a project possible

- Stakeholder feedback

- What you regard as unique/innovative about this approach that others might learn from

Best engineering solution

This award will recognise outstanding, innovative engineering solutions. The winner will be able to demonstrate creative, user-focused design solutions that work hard within budgetary constraints to solve problems, keep projects on track and improve on original designs.

Eligibility: The award is for a development of 20+ units. The award will be for a development completed between 1 May 2016 and 31 October 2017. Entries must be endorsed by the client.

Judges will be looking for:

- An overview of the development, including number and tenure of homes

- Any location/infrastructure considerations

- Details of constraints arising from the site, project context or budget, and how these were overcome

- How the engineering approach/solution addressed a key challenge to add value/make a project possible

- Stakeholder feedback

- What you regard as unique/innovative about this approach 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 if the partnership.

Eligibility: The award will be for a development completed, in construction or in receipt of planning permission between 1 May 2016 and 31 October 2017. 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 deal

This category recognises fresh and forward-thinking in the funding of developments. The winner will be able to demonstrate that their approach has enabled more homes to be built. Deals may have utilised the growing flexibility in the funding markets to meet strategic/development ambition, broken new ground or simply show outstanding financial performance.

Eligibility: The deal must have been completed between 1 May 2016 and 31 October 2017. Deals of all sizes are eligible. Entries are welcomed from landlords/developers, lenders/investors, and advisors. Entries must be endorsed by partners described in the entry.

Judges will be looking for:

- Overview of parties, development plan and relevant context

- Overview of the deal

- How any challenges were overcome

- Evidence of originality or innovation

- Evidence of performance

- How this deal will enable more homes to be built

- Overview of partners and the scope of collaborative working

- Any challenges to be overcome

- Anything about this approach that others might learn from

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