Winner: Willmott Dixon
Second: Higgins ConstructionIts service to affordable housing occupants won contractor Higgins Construction the runner-up prize. Affordable housing occupants have traditionally had little choice about their home, but Higgins is helping to give them a voice and asking them what they want, a factor that really impressed the award judges. The company’s initiative to reduce defects and improve the build quality of the end product is complementary, giving occupants a better home all round.
Third: Circle 33 Housing GroupIn its partnering relationship with Willmott Dixon, London and South-east registered social landlord Circle 33 has gone way beyond the industry norm, by introducing a range of joint working procedures and training initiatives. The housing provider develops some 2400 homes a year and sees partnering as central to its strategy, delivering the benefits of cost reduction, fewer defects and improved tenant satisfaction.
Building Homes Quality Awards 2003
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Affordable Housing Provider of the Year