This year’s Sustainable Housing Awards, the awards run by Ocean Media, were held on the 19th October in the Hilton Hotel, Park Lane. In these times of austerity and funding cuts, the Awards celebrated those social housing providers, consultants and contractors who have continued to focus in on sustainability, and have delivered low-energy projects that will benefit their residents.
The awards were great fun, with the host Brian Blessed, providing superb entertainment with many varied and enjoyable anecdotes. It will be hard to forget the booming voice pronouncing “GORDON’S ALIVE!”
This year, as ever, some really innovative projects and some impressive partnership working were shortlisted. From the Sustainable Homes’ point of view it was particularly good to see so many SHIFT members shortlisted across the 16 categories – there was almost no category without at least one SHIFT member in contention, and several categories where several SHIFT members competed against each other. Notably, of those shortlisted for the Green Champion Award three of the finalists work for SHIFT member organisations.
So it is no surprise, and no coincidence, that SHIFT members won in five categories:
- Knowsley Housing Trust was part of the group involved in the “Save Energy, Save Money” project, that won the best Energy Saving Initiative category
- Swan Housing Group won the Larger Housing Project category, for their scheme at New Cranes Court, Basildon
- Catalyst Housing Group won the Smaller Retrofit Housing Project category, for their Eco-Homes scheme in Wokingham
- The “Plugin” project won the best Community Initiative, and SHIFT member Orbit Heart of England was one of the project participants
- The Green Social Champion of the 2012 Year was Paul Ciniglio of First Wessex, a much-deserved winner
SHIFT members that managed to get shortlisted but did not win on this occasion were Octavia, Amicus Horizon, Regenda, Cartrefi Conwy, CityWest Homes, and Fabrick.
So congratulations to SHIFT members for leading the way on sustainability – and on being recognised for doing so.
The SHIFT Awards will this year be unveiled on the 14th November, with Lord Deben, Chair of the Committee on Climate Change, and Robin Lawler, CIH President, presenting them to SHIFT members at a Ceremony that will form part of the Conference Dinner at the HOMES Conference at the ExCel Centre in London. More news soon.