Affordable housing provider Kier Partnership Homes won Gold at the prestigious WhatHouse? Awards for Balaam Wood, its flagship development in Birmingham.
Beating off huge competition in the increasingly significant ‘Best Partnership Scheme’ category, the Gold award helps secure Kier Partnership Homes’ position as market leader in the development of mixed-tenure housing.
The awards ceremony, often referred to as the ‘Oscars’ of the housebuilding industry, was attended by a who’s who of key industry professionals, with comedian Dave Spikey (from Phoenix Nights) presenting the awards.
Kier’s winning team included head of sales Louise McCue and field sales managers Suzanne Shearer, Liz Williams and Annette Thompson, along with managing director Chris King, business development manager Alun Watts, technical director Simon Wingate, construction director Mervyn Williams and construction manager Don Jeynes.
On receiving the award, Kier Partnership Homes’ managing director, Chris King said: “I am thrilled to win Gold at WhatHouse? and very proud of the passion and dedication of our experienced and skilled team, who forged a strong partnership with Birmingham Municipal Housing Trust, Birmingham City Council and the Homes & Communities Agency on this project to deliver much needed, quality housing for Birmingham.”
The WhatHouse? judges added: “The neighbourhood taking shape is partnership development and community engagement at its very best and a deserved Gold in a highly impressive category.”
The Gold award-winning scheme, Balaam Wood, is a mixed-tenure development of two, three and four-bedroom homes about eight miles from Birmingham city centre. The first phase of the development, which came to fruition in a challenging economic climate, is at the forefront of Birmingham City Council’s plans to build hundreds more affordable homes for residents for rent and sale across Birmingham. As such, it is the blue print for a sustainable community which meets Birmingham’s long-term housing development targets.
The development provides urban regeneration and social cohesion through improved housing and creating local jobs.
It is about innovative funding too, with its pioneering ‘build now, pay later’ model; Kier builds under licence on the land, which remains owned by the Birmingham Municipal Housing Trust, the housebuilding arm of Birmingham City Council. Above all, it is about the value of partnership, with Kier Partnership Homes, as the name suggests, at the vanguard of providing partnership solutions to deliver affordable housing where it is most needed.