This award will go to an organisation that has shown innovation in the way they design, build and market their properties as well as offering a variety of services which can help first time buyers on to the property ladder.

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CATALYST

CATALYST - affordable 2017

Catalyst is a developing housing association that operates across 40 local authorities in London and the South East. As well as providing housing for the most vulnerable in society, Catalyst recognises how difficult it can be for first time buyers in the current climate and so offers a variety of services and products to make it as easy as possible for customers to purchase their first home. Not only delivering high-quality housing, Catalyst prides itself on its ability to build thriving communities that people genuinely want to live in. Catalyst’s long-term relationship with its customers and its properties means that its approach to housebuilding helps create a sense of place around its developments. All of this is supported through Catalyst Gateway, the organisation’s award-winning social and economic investment arm, that regularly provides life-changing opportunities for customers.

L&Q

L&Q - affordable 2017

With a track record in creating truly aspirational homes for first time buyers, L&Q offer a wide range of shared ownership developments to suit a vast spectrum of buyers across the capital and beyond. Having recently completed a merger with East Thames Group, firmly positioning L&Q as one of the UK’s most prominent housing associations, the organisation is dedicated to upping its delivery of new homes – meeting the growing needs of first time buyers in a climate where property prices continue to rise. It has been reported that L&Q is involved in the delivery of approximately one in five new homes in London. The organisation increased its development programme by 24% last year, with an impressive long-term pipeline of up to 100,000 new homes in the next 10 years (an unprecedented level for a housing association). Firmly gripped by its socially responsible routes, L&Q is dedicated to ensuring that a minimum 50% of its long-term pipeline will be affordable.

NEWLON HOUSING TRUST

NEWLON HOUSING TRUST - affordable 2017

Newlon Housing Trust is an innovative provider of new affordable housing and shared ownership homes, to help people take a first step on the property ladder. Our primary focus is in north and east London and we have been one of the capital’s main providers of new affordable homes for the last decade. We have specialised in developing sites on land that has fallen into disuse. Our recent developments at Cannon Road, Isobel Place and Hale Village showcase our ability to regenerate brownfield sites to create new and sustainable communities. Working with our care and support partner, Outward, we are also one of the very few providers of HOLD, which supports adults with learning disabilities to be able to buy their own home through shared ownership. Also, as part of our commitment to communities we have a dedicated team who support our residents into employment and run local community facilities.

NOTTING HILL HOUSING

NOTTING HILL HOUSING - affordable 2017

With a portfolio of over 31,000 homes in 31 of the 32 London boroughs, Notting Hill Housing is one of the capital’s largest housing associations, providing quality homes for those who couldn’t otherwise afford them. Pioneers of shared ownership, Notting Hill Housing is motivated by the positive impact that good-quality, affordable housing has on people’s lives. In the past 12 months, the developer has launched seven new developments, bringing over 200 new homes to London’s property market, with another 265 units to launch in 2017. Offering a variety of properties, from one bedroom apartments to four bedroom houses, available with a range of schemes including shared ownership, shared equity and Help to Buy, first time buyers across the capital can find a home with Notting Hill Housing.

ORBIT

ORBIT - affordable 2017

This year marks Orbit’s 50th year of building communities. The affordable housing expert recently celebrated a major milestone, with 5,000 new homes constructed (since 2013) against its 2020 target of 12,000, and more than 40,000 completed overall. Orbit strives to maximise availability of affordable housing and to deliver well-designed, sustainable homes and communities, at a price people can actually afford. It works in partnership with local planning, development and housing teams, councils, existing customers and other stakeholders, to ensure its schemes meet the real needs of local people. Orbit offers a raft of services, including shared ownership and Help to Buy, to help first time buyers get on the property ladder. Its sales staff are trained to help lower income households access home ownership, and all its properties have affordability, durability and sustainability built into their fabric. Orbit believes that all affordable homes should also be highly desirable and of excellent quality.

THAMES VALLEY HOUSING

THAMES VALLEY HOUSING - affordable 2017

Thames Valley Housing (TVH) is a forward-thinking and innovative housing association, unlocking new housebuilding opportunities in London and the South East. Through its diverse building model and range of innovative partnerships, TVH builds over 1,500 homes each year. TVH increases homeownership chances for struggling lower and middle incomers and helps people stay in their homes, all while growing the social fabric in communities. Providing a combination of traditional rented housing, private rented sector, shared ownership, key worker, private sale and student accommodation, TVH is changing the perceptions of affordable housing by creating high-quality homes that are tenure-blind, both on the outside and inside. Keen to stay ahead of the curve and demonstrate its genuine care for customers, TVH continually develops its customer journey. TVH has innovated the traditional shared ownership model and is the only housing association to offer the Shared Ownership PLUS scheme. TVH also offers other first time buyer schemes, including Help to Buy, shared ownership and resale.