We've recently been awarded the QHS Governance Certification, the first Housing Association to achieve this recognition. The QHS process itself involved a detailed submission paper and was broken down to seven key areas which included looking at the structure of the Board, strategic planning, decision making and policy. Our Governance Coordinator, Anthea Tawney now joins the QHS Peer Review Panel to assist in reviewing other applications for this Quality Housing Services Certification.
We're once again proud to announce that we have been selected as a finalist in the prestigious Housing Heroes Awards for the third year running. For 2011 our Development Team have been selected as a finalist in the Development Team of the Year category. This award highlights the teams dedication to providing quality homes and providing new and innovative energy solutions in newly built homes. This commitment to innovation has in turn helped support our tenants to live greener lifestyles and save money on their monthly fuel bills.
Our flagship Community Investment project at Tufthorn Close in Coleford has seen residents taking the lead in making decisions about what they want to happen in their community. This has resulted in the formation of a Community Forum and the completion of a new children's multi-use play area and shared garden space. This project has been shortlisted in the Best Practice in the Community category.
These awards are organised by The Green Organisation which is an independent, non-political, non-activist, non-profit environment group dedicated to recognising, rewarding and promoting environmental best practice around the world. Our Midland Road development in Stonehouse was shortlisted in the Built Environment category. The development has also been entered for a Best Practice award.
We're proud to have achieved the Investors in People Gold Status, awarded to us in January 2011 for our continued commitment and investment in our staff and their development. The IIP assessment looked at 172 criteria and 165 where evidenced, we scored highly.
Gloucester City Council has joined forces with The Citizen, The Civic Trust and the Gloucester Heritage Urban Regeneration Company to reward those involved in achieving high standards of architecture & design as the city undergoes its biggest ever regeneration. A number of significant schemes have been completed since the last awards in 2008 along with several more minor, but nonetheless important projects.
Park End Road in Gloucester was nominated in Category 7 - Best Climate Friendly Scheme and we're pleased to confirm we were selected as the winner of this group.
Two Rivers Housing has been shortlisted for two Sustainable Housing awards in the Sustainable smaller development of the year AND Social housing provider of the year – Innovative approach to green homes categories of The Sustainable Housing Awards 2010, organised by Inside Housing magazine and its sister publication Sustainable Housing.
This awards scheme focuses on the best "green" social housing projects constructed in the UK, and the organisations responsible for them. The trophies will be presented at a suitably "eco" awards ceremony at the Hilton Hotel in London's Park Lane.
Our Ledbury Cottage Hospital development has been awarded, best social housing development of the year at the recent LABC West of England.
Opened to the public in 1891 at a time when a rich mix of Medieval, Tudor and Regency architectural styles was apparent in and around the Ledbury area, the original architects for Ledbury Cottage Hospital were able to borrow from a high standard of architectural design tools. The recent redevelopment completed in 2009 set out to fulfill a local need for 21st century accommodation, giving a contemporary standard of home and office life while at the same time conserving, restoring and protecting the original fittings and styles evident throughout the building.
The development was also put forward for shortlisting in the National LABC awards, however we were not successful in securing the national award.
Our Chief Executive, Garry King has been selected as a finalist in the 2010 Housing Heroes Awards, 'Inspirational Leader of the Year' category.
Embedded in Two Rivers' culture, is the commitment to staff personal development through education, training and cross-functional mentoring, a former housing trainee, Garry believes this is key in developing the business. He encourages staff to believe in their potential and provides the necessary support to help them to grow, including leadership development programmes. Garry is focused on serving the people he leads and staff are drawn to follow him because he promotes confidence, growth and success.
In recognition of the outstanding work on the Ledbury Cottage Hospital regeneration project, Two Rivers Housing and our partners have been awarded the silver standard Building for Life 2009. This standard looks at 20 elements of a development grouped into four key areas, these are Environment & Community, Character, Streets, Parking & Pedestrianisation and Design & Construction.
Independent Board member, Jean Birkett has successfully been selected from over 300 entrants to go forward as a finalist in the 2009 Housing Heroes Awards in the category of 'Inspirational Board Member of the Year'.
This award focuses on Jean's commitment to Two Rivers Housing and how her experience and expertise in various disciplines has benefitted our tenants and encouraged them to take up involvement opportunities. Jean also sits on Two Rivers Initiatives Board, which has invested over 1/2million into local communities.
Two Rivers Housing successfully achieved "Employer of the Year" runner up at the 2008 Executive PA Awards held in London.
This award demonstrates our commitment to our staff through enhanced training opportunities and supporting their personal growth, in keeping with organisational objectives. This award also highlights our ongoing determination to improve our standards across the board and ensure our tenants receive the best possible service at all times.