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.