GREAT Places Housing Group has walked away with the prestigious award for Best Small Development at the First Time Buyer Readers’ Awards 2012 for its outstanding The Waterside, a tranquil canal-side development in Rochdale.
Matthew Harrison, development director and deputy chief executive at Great Places, picked up the award at a glittering ceremony in London. The Manchester-based organisation, which owns and manages over 15,000 homes in the north, was also shortlisted for Affordable Housing Provider of the Year and Best Urban Regeneration for its sophisticated South Beach development.
Harrison said: “We’re always delighted to win awards, but this one is especially appreciated as it’s voted for by the public, in this case the readers of First Time Buyer magazine.
We’re always delighted to win awards, but this one is especially appreciated as it’s voted for by the public, in this case the readers of First Time Buyer magazine.
Matthew Harrison, development director and deputy chief executive at Great Places
“Rochdale, like most of the areas in which we work, is short of good quality, sustainable family homes. We take massive pride in building great homes which are both interesting and attractive inside and out, but are also affordable. With schemes like Shared Ownership, it’s possible to combine the two elements, and I think we achieved that at The Waterside.”
The group is also in the running for more honours after being shortlisted for four prestigious awards at the Housing Excellence Awards 2012 including Social Landlord of the Year, which has won for the last two years. The ceremony will be held at Lancashire County Cricket Club in Manchester on 9 May.
Great Places has also been shortlisted for the Sustainable Landlord of the Year award at the respected UK Housing Awards 2012. This follows hot on the heels of environmental officer Sarah McClelland’s Green Leadership award win at the inaugural Chamber’s Greater Manchester Green Business awards.