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AFFORDABLE HOUSING PROVIDER OF THE YEAR
Penningtons Manches Cooper
Penningtons Manches Cooper is a leading UK and international law firm and is recognised as a top-class provider of legal advice to the social housing sector.
We establish dedicated, long-term relationships with clients which result in an innovative and commercially aware service. Our award-winning team is valued for its commitment to high standards of customer care. We recognise that our clients’ market is constantly shifting and faces regular overhauls as the Government tries to deliver much needed new housing. We are used to advising our clients on emerging polices; changes in the planning laws; the launch of new funding initiatives and the reversal of priorities in tenure from home ownership to affordable rent and back again.
Find out how we can support you at www.penningtonslaw.com
PRIVATE DEVELOPER OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by Vesta
INVESTA provides design-led interior solutions to the property industry; servicing developers, housing associations, local authorities, registered providers and agents with unrivalled service and meticulous attention to detail.
Our team is a collaboration of creative minds and property experts. We have over 40 years of knowledge within the property rental and development markets, which makes us the perfect partner to enhance your investment.
Working on the most prestigious developments across London and further afield, we pride ourselves on offering a market-leading service at affordable prices. We are the experts if you want to rent, sell or dress your property.
Every property. Every room. Every detail. Without compromise. INVESTA is a sister company to Vesta Interior Design.
BEST LARGE DEVELOPMENT
Sponsored by LSL Land & New Homes
LSL Land & New Homes is one of the UK’s leading new homes experts, whose service covers all stages of the development process from site acquisition, feasibility through to the disposal of land. In addition we provide tailor-made sales and marketing solutions on behalf of our growing portfolio of clients. We also specialise in, volume, Shared Ownership and Part Exchange, via our dedicated ‘Hubs’ and are able to offer new homes mortgage solutions via RSC and Mortgages First.
We work closely with local authorities, housing associations and developers, across the UK, to help them deliver their strategic objectives for 2022 & beyond. Let us help you.
BEST MEDIUM DEVELOPMENT
Sponsored by Direction Law
Direction Law is one of the most established and largest specialist affordable housing solicitors in the country, operating nationwide from offices in London, the South East, South West and the Midlands. We work with well-over 100 housing associations and specialist agents across the country and completed almost 4,800 new build purchases between April 2021 and March 2022.
We are a friendly, professional firm and we pride ourselves on communicating with our clients clearly and concisely. While other firms may have conveyancers, who deal with a variety of affordable housing cases, we have taken it one stage further and have individual dedicated teams specialising in either new build shared ownership, resale sales and purchases, or new build/Help to Buy respectively – thus ensuring greater expertise.
Our goal is to progress cases to exchange and completion as swiftly as possible, resulting in satisfied clients who have achieved their dream of homeownership with the minimum of fuss.
BEST SMALL DEVELOPMENT
Sponsored by Tidy Works Studio
BEST FIRST TIME BUYER APARTMENT
Sponsored by Sharratts
We offer advice in relation to development site acquisitions (including joint ventures), plot sales of all tenures (together with shared ownership resales and staircasing) and have a specialist asset management team which can offer advice on all other types of property transaction.
BEST FIRST TIME BUYER FAMILY HOME
Sponsored by Spicerhaart Land and New Homes
BEST NEW DEVELOPMENT IN THE SOUTH
Sponsored by SiteSales
SiteSales was formed by founder Murray Smith and began by offering assistance in selling land and providing sales and marketing services in London and the South East. As an ambitious, forward-thinking company, they first worked with the likes of Persimmon and Laing, before embarking on their first landmark scheme, Stratford Eye for L&Q.
35 years on and SiteSales are now a multi-disciplined property agent, specialising in market research, consultancy, sales, marketing and aftercare. With the workforce now over 60 and the company’s head office situated in London’s Liverpool Street the efficient and well managed operation aims to sell between 750 and 1000 units a year. Throughout the last 15 years SiteSales have worked on some of the capital’s most high-profile projects, most notably The Athletes Village in Stratford. The business was instructed to sell the 704 affordable units for the consortium Triathlon Homes and were able to do so in just under 18 months. SiteSales also sold the new homes in one of the biggest regeneration projects in south London, the Stockwell Park Estate for Network Homes.
As the first quarter of 2023 is coming to a close, SiteSales continues to grow organically through recommendation and in addition to the London stronghold we also undertake projects in the home counties.
BEST NEW DEVELOPMENT IN THE NORTH
Sponsored by Metro Finance
Metro Finance – we just love shared ownership! Every month around 2,500 potential buyers contact us, and our goal is to help – help establish what’s affordable for the buyer, then help them achieve the right mortgage; at the same time as helping to ensure regulatory requirements are met for our partner housing associations, nearly 100 from across the UK.
In support of the sector, we developed shared ownership affordability chatbots, staircasing chatbots and a series of portals for buyers and HAs, all aimed at tracking and streamlining the shared ownership journey. Not content with current speeds, we introduced facial recognition ID checks and Open Banking software to our portals, focused on making it easier for buyers and HAs. Can we do more? Always… working with lenders, regulators and stakeholders to give shared ownership the positioning it deserves
Sponsored by JLL
BEST LAW FIRM FOR CONVEYANCING
Sponsored by Buchanan Dean Design
BEST USE OF ONLINE TOOLS
BEST OFF-PLAN DEVELOPMENT
Sponsored by Red Loft
Red Loft is a bespoke housing consultancy, specialising in development and regeneration services for Registered Providers (RPs), ALMOs, housing charities, local authorities and private developers.
Established in 2002, the highly experienced 50-strong team delivers a uniquely wide variety of services to an impressive list of clients – including L&Q, Peabody, Optivo and numerous local authorities and London boroughs, as well as smaller RPs and bespoke housing and charitable organisations.
With the capacity to take on a remarkable range of projects; from site finding to development programming, financial viability assessments, right through to project management, sales, lettings, marketing and interim staffing, the agency offers a one-stop service for housing associations, local authorities and developers. Where required, long and short-term interim placements within RPs are offered at all levels, with placements tailored to suit the needs and budget of the client, as well as consultancy and agency services.
BEST PROVIDER TO THE FTB MARKET
BEST SHOW HOME
Sponsored by Faust PR
Faust PR are an award-winning boutique PR agency – a dynamic, young, creative team who know the property industry inside out. We deliver events, PR stunts, influencer partnerships, community engagement and crisis management, alongside daily press office functions such as press relations, copywriting, social media strategy, and writing winning award entries (with a 90% shortlisting rate).
Our clients range from top end developers and masterplanners to volume house builders, housing associations and estate agents. Past projects include bringing a world famous interactive public artwork to the banks of the River Thames, and hosting a bespoke seven-course supper club for national press and influencers.
Like what you see? Find out more about us: faustpr.co.uk
Sponsored by The Media People
The Media People is a people-orientated hybrid media agency that puts audiences first. We work across all media channels to create decisive campaigns based on a strong understanding of our clients’ brand and customers. We believe in Creativity and Story-telling based on Data and Insight. We have developed propriety research to help support our clients in understanding customer trends and develop dynamic media campaigns online and offline. Through regular “thought leadership” events, we have secured market leader status within the sector.