Birmingham City Council Municipal Housing Trust wins leading UK award
Birmingham City Council has won the overall prize at the UK Housing Awards.
Birmingham City Council has won the overall prize at the UK Housing Awards for its Birmingham Municipal Housing Trust scheme, which delivers hundreds of affordable but high-quality new homes each year.
Established in January 2009, Birmingham Municipal Housing Trust has so far provided Birmingham council tenants with more than 150 brand new homes and secured dozens of apprenticeships for local young people in the construction industry.
The winners of the 2011 UK Housing Awards were announced by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) and Inside Housing magazine at a ceremony presented by Michael Portillo at the Park Lane Hilton in London on 9 November.
The UK Housing Awards, now in their fifteenth year, recognise excellence across 11 categories and present prizes for outstanding achievement in housing in Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, England and for the UK as a whole.
CIH President Helen Collins said: “We were so impressed with the high calibre of the finalists in all of the categories this year, but special congratulations go to our winners, Birmingham City Council, who have demonstrated the amazing difference that building great quality, affordable homes can make to people and communities.”
The award for outstanding achievement in housing in Northern Ireland went to Fold Housing Association for its Castle Erne Scheme, in Scotland to Rettie & Co, Springfield Properties and DCHA for their Resonance at Moray Apartments, Edinburgh Model, in Wales to RCT Homes for its Supporting Communities to Thrive Project, and in England to Birmingham City Council for its Birmingham Municipal Housing Trust.
The category winners are as follows.
Meeting residents’ needs and aspirations – Stockport Homes
Involving and empowering communities – Soha Housing
Making the best use of stock – Riverside
Meeting the needs of older people – St Mungo’s
Valuing equality and diversity – Salix Homes
Supporting social and economic inclusion – City South Manchester Housing Trust
Regenerating communities – Wulvern Housing
Creating safer communities – Villages Housing Association
Delivering effective repairs and maintenance – Bromford Living
Delivering efficiency and value for money – Bromford Group
Excellence in housing finance and development - Rettie & Co, Springfield Properties and DCHA