Our work

our-work

What we do

We develop a large number of new homes throughout the North West and Yorkshire and we are always looking for new and exciting development opportunities.

Our schemes consist of homes available for different tenures, including affordable rent, Shared Ownership, market sale, private rent and supported housing. We specialise in high-quality, family housing and have a proven track record of delivering successful mixed tenure developments, creating sustainable communities with high levels of customer satisfaction.

We develop in more than 20 local authorities throughout the North West and Yorkshire, including Salford, Manchester, Oldham, Trafford, Blackpool, Lancaster and Sheffield.

We are a long standing delivery partner of the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) supported by strong working relationships with local authorities, contractors and housebuilders. We lead two key partnerships: Bloc and Innovation Chain North West (ICNW). We also enter into joint ventures such as the Sheffield Housing Company.

Our market sale and private rent properties are delivered through Cube Great Places Ltd, the private sector arm of the organisation. The purpose of Cube is to generate a profit to subsidise the core business of affordable housing. 

Our award-winning sales team, Plumlife, specialise in the sale of new homes, including those which are affordable for shared ownership. They use their knowledge and experience, to provide valuable input into the design and specification of all of our development schemes for sale, helping us provide customers with outstanding choice. 

How we do this

We deliver new build development projects through various procurement routes, including:

  • Direct commissioning of ICNW framework contractors to build projects on land we have sourced
  • Development agreements with local and national housebuilders, including Section 106 schemes
  • Working in partnerships and joint ventures with developers, such as the Sheffield Housing Company
  • Working as development agents to provide our services to other housing associations and developing organisations.

We have written our own development procedure guide which provides detailed information on the processes and procedures we follow throughout the life of a development project. All of our working practices are designed to ensure compliance with HCA funding regulations and audit requirements.

We have also developed the Project Journal tool, which supports project management, briefing, benchmarking and continuous improvement to ensure high-quality outcomes for all our developments. The Project Journal makes sure design aspirations are met and records and monitors project risks.

Design is an important part of our approach. Our aim is always to deliver high quality, functional, easy-to-maintain properties which enrich their neighbourhoods. We draw on our extensive experience to continually improve our design guide, standard house types and specifications.

We aim to achieve 100% customer satisfaction and use feedback to find more ways to improve the homes we build and the service we provide. As an organisation we take a robust approach to construction contract management, focussing on time, cost and quality.

The social impact of our investment is maximised through our in-house scheme 'Toolbox', making sure training, employment and apprenticeship opportunities are included within development and investment contracts. 

Case studies

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Great Stone Gardens

Location: Stretford, Trafford

Number of homes: 68

Mix of Tenure: 32 x Market Sale, 26 x Shared Ownership, 10 x Affordable Rent

Contractor: Countryside Properties

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Foxhall Village

Location: Central Blackpool

Number of homes: 79

Mix of Tenure: 79 x Affordable Rent

Developer: Hollinwood Homes

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Project Maltravers

Location: Wybourn, Sheffield 

Number of homes: 163

Mix of Tenure: 163 x Affordable Rent

Contractor: Kier Construction (Phase 1) and Kier Living (Phase 2 and 3).

the-orchards 

The Orchards

Location: Bolton-le-Sands, Lancaster

Number of homes: 23

Mix of Tenure: 13 x Shared Ownership, 10 x Affordable Rent

Developer: Oakmere Homes

leesbrook 

Leesbrook View

Location: Lees, Oldham

Number of homes: 62

Mix of Tenure: 22 x Market sale, 22 x Shared Ownership, 18 x Affordable Rent

Contractor: Countryside Properties

broom-lane 

Broom Lane

Location: Levenshulme, Manchester

Number of homes: 18

Mix of Tenure: 18 x Supported Housing to Rent

Contractor: Rowlinson Construction

the-firs 

The Firs

Location: Langworthy, Salford

Number of homes: 30

Mix of Tenure: 15 x Shared Ownership, 15 x Private Rent

Contractor: Kier Living

brearley-forge 

Brearley Forge

Location: Parson Cross, Sheffield

Number of homes: 18

Mix of Tenure: 12 x Shared Ownership, 6 x Affordable Rent

Contractor: Keepmoat Homes Limited (in partnership with the Sheffield Housing Company).