More than 40 housebuilders and housing associations have been shortlisted in this year’s Building Homes Quality Awards.

The awards, organised by Building in association with the Housing Forum, are designed to recognise best practice and innovation across the private and affordable housing sector.

This year’s awards promise to be bigger and better than ever with five new categories, giving the event a total of 17 awards.

There were particularly strong entries for the new categories, which cover design innovation, urban and rural scheme design, public–private partnership and outstanding smaller housebuilder.

The shortlist is as follows:

Affordable housing provider of the year (sponsored by Bank of Scotland) Circle 33, Gallions Housing Association, Hanover Housing, London & Quadrant Housing Trust, Network Housing Group, Sunderland Housing Group

Best new homes agent DTZ Residential, FPD Savills, King Sturge

Best planning, land and regeneration strategy (sponsored by English Partnerships) Barratt Developments, Berkeley Homes, Gillcrest Homes, Miller Homes, St James Homes, Sunderland Housing Group

Best public–private partnership (sponsored by National Property Solutions) Basildon Community Housing Association, Bellway Homes, Bellway Homes and Ipswich council, Haslam Homes, Network Housing Group, Swaythling Housing Society

Company-wide design innovation (sponsored by Finnforest UK) Bowey Homes, Cala Homes (South), Countryside Properties, Gillcrest Homes, St James Homes

Best customer service (sponsored by Rationel Windows) Berkeley Homes, Bowey Homes, Crest Nicholson, Miller Homes, Northern Ireland Housing Executive, United House, Willmott Dixon/Catalyst Housing Group

Best health and safety initiative (sponsored by the Traditional Housing Bureau) Bellwinch Homes, Berkeley Homes, Countryside Properties, Miller Homes, Willmott Dixon, Wilson Bowden

Best innovation – building technology (sponsored by Powergen) Higgins Construction, Manchester Methodist Housing Group, Powergen, Willmott Dixon

Best innovation – IT (sponsored by Smart New Homes) Gleeson Homes, Keynote Housing Group, Miller Homes, Robertson Homes, Swan Housing Group, Willmott Dixon

Most creative marketing award Bowey Homes, Churchill Retirement Living, Circle 33, Family Housing Association, Miller Homes, Sunderland Housing Group

Outstanding housebuilder of the year – fewer than 500 units Bellwinch Homes, Bowey Homes, CDC2020, Churchill Retirement Living, Kier Homes, Midas Homes

partnering and supply chain management (sponsored by Construction Industry Solutions) Bowey Homes, Fusion 21, Haslam Homes, Keegans Group, Pennine Housing 2000, United House, Willmott Dixon

Private housebuilder of the year (sponsored by Zurich Financial Services) Bellway Homes, Berkeley Homes, Countryside Properties, Crest Nicholson, Miller Homes, Redrow Homes

Rural housing development of the year Barratt Developments, Berkeley Homes, Circle 33, Midas Homes, Rother Homes

Company-wide sustainability strategy (sponsored by the Energy Saving Trust) Berkeley Homes, Countryside Properties, Crest Nicholson, St James Homes, Willmott Dixon

Best training and people development (sponsored by Technical Resourcing) Bowey Homes, Countryside Properties, Keegans Group, London & Quadrant Housing Trust, Redrow Homes, Wates Group, Willmott Dixon

Urban housing development of the year (sponsored by Fusion Building Systems UK) Barratt Developments, Berkeley Homes, Country & Metropolitan, Foster and Partners, St James Homes, Scott Brownrigg, Wates Group

The awards ceremony will take place on Tuesday 12 October at the Hilton Park Lane, London. To book a table please contact CreatEvents on 0870-241 9902.