‘Best in housing’ celebrated at CIH housing awards 2018
People who work in housing and homelessness across Ireland have been recognised for their contribution to local communities, at the CIH Housing Awards 2018 held on Friday 23 February.
The awards, which first began in 2010, aim to recognise the outstanding people and the many diverse housing organisations that make a real difference not only to housing, but to the lives of ordinary people and the communities in which they live.
A record number of over 300 people attended this year’s event, with all award winners - with the exception of best housing story, which was chosen by public vote - decided by an independent panel of expert independent judges from across the housing industry.
Nicola McCrudden, director for the Chartered Institute of Housing, said: “Our annual awards recognise the amazing work being done to support people with housing needs in our many diverse communities across the island of Ireland.
“Housing is an incredibly challenging sector which is fundamental to people’s lives. It makes an important contribution to ensuring more people have access to housing that is affordable. It is vital to celebrate the contribution the sector makes to society.
“As always, the standard was incredibly high and the judges spent a lot of time choosing the overall winners from each category; this is a measure of the amount of great work being done across the sector.”
Big wins for Irish housing organisations
The CIH Housing Awards recognises the best housing projects across the island of Ireland. This year, a number of Irish housing associations and organisations, were amongst this year’s winners at the ceremony which took place at Titanic Belfast.
The award for ‘Best housing story 2018’
This award went to Ffrenchmullen House, Charlemont Street by Dublin City Council in partnership with Túath Housing.
One of Dublin’s oldest communities, the residents of Ffrenchmullen House moved into their new homes in 2017, almost 20 years after the regeneration of the complex had been proposed. The scheme is a public private partnership initiative completed by Dublin City Council.
The regeneration scheme, once completed, will contain over 500 apartments, 79 of which are already completed. The redevelopment will also include shops, restaurants, a sports centre and over 20,000 square feet of office space.
The award for ‘Housing team of the year’
This award went to Túath Housing, the fastest growing approved housing body in Ireland, with over 3,600 properties managed since its inception in 2001.
Túath’s new business team consists of just three full-time staff but between them they work with 31 local authorities to deliver social housing via a range of different procurement methods such as management contracts, mortgage to rent properties, vacant homes initiatives, and private leasing.
The team of three has achieved success in delivering more homes through relationships with some of the largest house builders in the country, as well as with NAMA with whom they have entered into long-term leases through its leasing facility.
The award for ‘More than bricks and mortar’
This award went to Circle Voluntary Housing Association for Peader Kearney House (PKH).
PKH is a development of 56 apartments and townhouses located in the heart of Dublin’s north inner city. The development was built following a long and successful campaign by local people to renovate their old estate, which had become dilapidated and suffered from severe social problems, and to improve their living conditions and life chances.
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Notes to editors:
The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) is the independent voice for housing and the home of professional standards. Our goal is simple – to provide housing professionals with the advice, support and knowledge they need to be brilliant. CIH is a registered charity and not-for-profit organisation. This means that the money we make is put back into the organisation and funds the activities we carry out to support the housing sector. We have a diverse membership of people who work in both the public and private sectors, in 20 countries on five continents across the world.