Home Group named as strategic partner of Homes England

June 26th, 2018 in Home Group News


Home Group, one of the UK’s largest providers of affordable homes, has been named as a Wave One Strategic Partner with Homes England.

This first wave of partnerships, announced today by Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP, Secretary of State, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, are the first of their kind and signal a new type of relationship between Homes England and housing associations.

Home Group’s aim as Wave One Strategic Partner will be to focus their efforts on creating a new way of working that will enable them to start building over and above their existing plans to build 10,000 new homes by 2022.   Home Group will be working closely with Homes England over the coming months to ensure these homes are built and to find innovative ways of delivering homes that will help further increase supply.

This new partnership follows an ambitious few years for Home Group which has seen them double their annual development in two years, win Developer of the Year at the UK Housing Awards 2018, develop new models of care for supported housing and embark upon Gateshead Innovation Village, which will test different modern methods of construction. Working with Homes England will allow Home Group to continue this work on from their national headquarters, based in the North East, and apply learnings across the sector.

Mark Henderson, Chief Executive of Home Group, said:

“This is a great day for the housing sector. The announcement of the Wave One Strategic Partnerships is our chance to disrupt the way we do things and to build the homes that we so desperately need.

“Our discussions to date have been very positive and we are really looking forward to getting started. In order to get this right for the whole sector, it’s really important that everyone can get involved and we are committed to working with other, smaller housing associations and private developers to bring them along the journey with us”.

Nick Walkley CEO of Homes England, said:

“When we launched Homes England, I called on housing associations to work with us to develop ambitious strategic partnerships that would help them to get on and build significantly more affordable homes than they were previously planning. After a huge amount of hard work, these new deals show our real determination to combine ambition, flexibilities and the full range of our resources to change the way we deliver affordable homes.

“This is a very important day for us but we have no intention to stop here. Over the summer, we will work to expand the eight deals to become even more ambitious while agreeing a second wave of strategic partnerships with other ambitious housing associations. This is a fantastic opportunity for the sector to up its game and get more affordable homes built more quickly.”  

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