Placemaking and development

TPAS Awards 2020

Group company Derwent Living was named winner of the Community Focused Service / Product of the Year Award category at the 2020 TPAS Awards.

Derwent Living was praised for its Virtual Places project, which provided a virtual reality experience for older customers to support good mental health and reduce social isolation.

Housing Design Awards 2020

The Brick House at Port Loop in Birmingham, our joint venture with Urban Splash was named winner at the Housing Design Awards 2020.

CIMSPA & QUEST NBS Conference Awards 2019 

We were named Top Performing Organisation with 31+ registered QUEST facilities at the 2019 CIMSPA & QUEST NBS Conference Awards. 

The Pineapples 2019

We were presented with two awards for joint-venture developments with Urban Splash at The Pineapples 2019.

The Port Loop development in Birmingham won the Future Place Category, whilst Smith’s Dock in North Shields was crowned winner of the Place in Progress category.

24housing Awards 2019

Our DREEAM project in Padiham, Lancashire, was named Best Green Scheme at the 24Housing Awards.

The innovative energy efficient development comprises of 36 flats and 72 homes.

Evening Standard New Homes Awards 2019

Group Company Millwood Designer Homes won Best Family Home (£750k to £1.5m) for The Farmington at Polo Fields in Cantebury.

ZeroC's Golden Mede development in Buckinghamshire was also highly commended in the Best out of London Home category.

Evening Standard New Homes Awards 2018

Group company Millwood Designer Homes won Best Large Development of the Year for Lavender Fields, an outstanding period style hamlet of luxury new homes and Best Family Home (up to £750,000) for it's Windsor Meadow development.

Whathouse Awards 2018

Places for People was presented with the bronze award for the Best Large Housebuilder, recognising our ongoing commitment to housing and placemaking throughout the UK.

Group company ZeroC won the gold award for Best Sustainable Development for Roborough Eco Homes in Plymouth.

Inside Housing 2018

Our Marlborough Park development was Highly Commended in the Best Approach to Modular Category at the Inside Housing Development Awards. 

Inside Housing 2017

Our multi-award winning Roman Fields development in East Dunbartonshire was highly commended in the Best Regeneration Project (outside London) at the Inside Housing Development Awards.

Offsite Awards 2017

Our Smith's Dock development in partnership with Urban Splash has been crowned Housing Project of Year in the Offsite Awards. The first phase of homes at the former shipyard are factory-built, modular homes.

UK Customer Experience Awards

Our People First Strategy has been shortlisted at the UK Customer Experience Awards for Best Use of Insight and Feedback and Customers at the Heart of Everything - Utilities and Housing Provider.

Our People First Strategy puts customers, colleagues and clients at the heart of everything we do. 

The Building Awards 2019

Smith's Dock, our joint-venture development with Urban Splash was named Offsite Project of the Year at the Building Awards 2019. 

Smith's Dock, North Shields, is an innovative coastal community close to Newcastle City Centre.

West Midland Property Awards

Our Joint Venture with Urban Splash, Port Loop, was highly commended in the Regeneration Project of the Year category. 

Homes For Scotland Awards 2019

Group company ZeroC were joint winners with A&J Stephen for Tornagrain in the Medium Private Development category.

The development is the Scottish Highlands’ newest town, with a long term vision to create a whole new sustainable community comprising 5000 homes, jobs, as well as amenities and green spaces.

EAC 2019

Five of our supported living schemes were given Bronze awards at the EAC National Housing for Older People Awards 2019.

CIH Scotland Excellence Awards

Our Roman Fields development in Twechar won the Excellence in Development for Affordable Housing category at the CIH Scotland Excellence Awards.

The development in picturesque East Dunbartonshire features a selection of energy efficient homes. 

National Housing Awards 2019

Our Croft development in Crawley was highly commended in Best Small Development category.

The development of 24 affordable homes created a sustainable housing option on a previously underutilised piece of land.

Home for Scotland Awards 2018

Our Harvesters Way development in Wester Hailes scooped a commendation in the Affordable Housing Development of the Year category. Judges recognised the project supports regeneration of the wider Wester Hailes area to provide much needed affordable housing in a highly pressurised Edinburgh market.

Planning Awards 2018

Our Twechar development in East Dunbartonshire scooped the top prize in the Award for Regeneration at the Planning Awards in London.
We were also highly commended alongside Urban Splash in the Award for Partnership Working.

CIH Scotland Excellence Awards 2017

Our Developments team in Scotland picked up an award at the CIH Scotland Excellence Awards. Along with Lovell, the team were awarded the 'Excellence in Development for Affordable Housing' award for the transformation of a derelict site in Wester Hailes. The £19m Harvesters Way housing development has brought 183 much needed affordable homes to the City of Edinburgh.

The British Homes Awards 2020

Smith's Dock, our joint-venture development with Urban Splash has been shortlisted for Apartment Development of the Year at the British Homes Awards. 

Smith's Dock, North Shields, is an innovative coastal community close to Newcastle City Centre.

Constructing Excellence Awards

Our Hawthorne Avenue development in Hull, a partnerships between ourselves, ilke Homes and Keepmoat Homes was named Offsite Project of the Year at the Construing Excellence Awards 2019. 

Energy Management Awards

Our innovative DREEAM development in Padiham, Lancashire was highly commended in the Project of the Year category at the 2019 Energy Management Awards.

WhatHouse Awards 2019

Group company ZeroC won the Best House category for its Golden Mede development.

Park Hill, our joint venture with Urban Splash also won Best Renovation of the Year.

CIH Northern Awards

Our DREEAM project was crowned the winner of the 'New ideas, approaches and innovation' category at last night's CIH Northern Awards.

The project involved the renovation of more than 100 homes in Padiham, Lancashire, to equip them with a range of energy efficiency measures such as new storage heaters, solar panels, external wall insulation and hot water systems.

Property Week Property Awards 2019

We were presented with the Placemaking Award for our joint venture with Urban Splash at Park Hill in Sheffield. 

Working with Urban Splash, we’ve helped to transform this incredible structure into a cultural hub for Sheffield, a place in which people can live, work and play.

Premier Excellence Guarantee 2019

Our Urban Eden development was highly commended in the Low Rise Residential Development of the Year category at the 2019 Premier Excellence Awards. 

Millwood Designer Homes was also Highly Commended in the Social Housing Development of the Year category 

MIPIM 2019

Our Goldene Mede development was commended in the residential category at the 2019 MIPIM Future Projects Awards. 

British Construction Industry Awards 2018

We were awarded Housing Project of the Year for our Roussillon Park development in Chichester. The unique development is part of the historic former Roussillion Barracks, consisting of 252 Georgian style homes from beautifully finished coach houses to striking three and four bedroom townhouses.

Scottish Home Awards 2018

Harvesters Way in Edinburgh won Affordable Housing Development of the Year. Judges praised the development for being an outstanding community regeneration project and a very worthy winner.

Whathouse Awards 2017

Roussillion Park in Chichester was given a silver award for Best Development at the prestigious Whathouse? Awards. 

Homes for Scotland Awards 2017

Urban Eden scooped picked up a commendation in the Private Development category. The development in Edinburgh is designed for a particular style of urban living. It’s about being part of the city and also being separate from it, focusing on community and being good neighbours.

Scottish Home Awards 2017

Our Urban Eden development in Edinburgh was crowned the winner of the Large Housing Development of the Year in partnership with EMA Architecture and Design.


Women in Housing Awards 2019

Our Colleague Emma Webb won Woman of the Year in the homelessness/care and support category at the Women in Housing Awards 2019 for her work with the Ferry Project.

The Project helps homeless people across Cambridgeshire, giving them the skills they need to live independently.

Norfolk Care Awards 2016 

Cotman Housing Association's Support Services team won the TEAM - Together Everyone Achieved More Award

The award recognises the team's success in working together to evaluate the care and support they provide to continually strive to deliver excellence and go the extra mile. 

TPAS Central Region Awards 2017

Derwent Living won the excellence in tenant engagement award for successfully delivering an effective in-house mediation service for its customers. Derwent Living's mediation team is made up of seven staff and eight resident mediators, who volunteer their own time to help create positive outcomes for neighbours who find themselves at odds with one another.

Women in Housing Awards 2017

Our Young Parents Pathway team from Living+ scooped the award for 'Most effective project in improving the lives of women or communities' at the 2017 Women in Housing Awards. The South Tyneside scheme strives to help parents aged 16 to 25 be the best they can for their children.


AJ Architecture Awards

Places Leisure Easleigh was Highly Commended in Leisure category at the 2019 AJ Architecture Awards. 

The state-of-the-art Leisure centre featuring an eight lane swimming pool, 15 court sport hall, four tennis courts and a gym. 

Built in Quality Awards 2017

Places for People Leisure was highly commended in the Best Public Service Building category. The Built in Quality Awards celebrate the good, great and outstanding in the West Midlands built environment.

Built in Quality Awards 2018

Sparkhill Pool and Fitness Centre was highly commended for Best public Service Building at the Built in Quaility Awards 2018. 

ukactive Training Awards 2016

Places for People Leisure was the winner in the Health and Wellbeing Training Programme category at the 2016 ukactive Training Awards. The awards recognise exceptional performance and commitment in the Physical Activity sector particularly in relation to vocational education, training and development.

LABC 2017

Wyre Forest Leisure Centre, operated by Places for People leisure, was highly commended for Best Public Service Building. The largest business to business awards in the building control sector, the LABC regional building excellence awards recognise quality in all types of building projects.

ukactive Flame Awards 2016

Places for People Leisure scooped a top award at the 2016 ukactive Flame Awards. Fakenham Sports and Fitness Centre won the award for Leisure Centre of the Year (streamline).  


South East LABC Building excellence Awards 2020

Our Millwood Designer Homes colleague, Luke Thomas, was named Construction Professional of the Year  at the South East LABC Excellence Awards 2020.

Luke was also Highly Commended in the Site Manager of the Year category. 

TPAS Awards 2019

Derwent Living received the Excellence in Customer Service Awards at the TPAS Awards 2019.

HANA Awards 2017

The Places for People Treasury team won the award for Treasury Team of the Year (large housing association) at the Housing Association National Accountancy (HANA) awards.

Student of the Year

Our Colleague Carla Hutchinson was named Student of the Year 2020, for Building Services, The Built Environment & Science at Edinburgh College for further education students. Carla, an electrical apprentice with Castle Rock Edinvar also scooped gold for the Academic Excellence Award, electrical installation. 

Bath Property Awards 2019

Places for People Group company, Touchstone was named Employer of the Year at the 2019 Bath Property Awards. 

Spark the Change Award 2015

We're the proud winner of the 2015 Spark the Change Award.

The award recognises our commitment to employee engagement and our extensive learning and development programmes. 

IC and HR Brilliance Awards 2019

Places for People Leisure was awarded the Brilliance in IC award, as well as the Brilliance in Recruitment and Retention at the 2019 IC and HR Brilliance Awards. 

Property Week Management All-Stars awards 2018

Group company Touchstone were named Employer of the Year. Judges were impressed by the Brilliant Place to Work (BP2W) project - a wide ranging initiative which asked what colleagues wanted from Touchstone as their employer, focusing on Rewards and Benefits, Training, Communication and Environment.

Previous awards

Placemaking and development

  • Planning and Placemaking Awards 2016, Infrastructure-led placemaking, Best health care scheme, Best housing scheme (more than 500), Regional award Northern England and Regeneration award
  • Building Awards 2016, Housebuilder of the Year
  • Estates Gazette Awards 2016, Residential Company of the Year
  • Scottish Home Awards 2016, Development of the Year (age exclusive)
  • Homes for Scotland 2016, Affordable Development of the Year (special commendation)
  • Homes for Scotland 2016, Private Housing development (special commendation)
  • WhatHouse? Awards 2015, Best Starter Home Scheme
  • Scottish Home Awards 2015, Small Affordable Housing Development of the Year
  • Scottish Home Awards 2015, Affordable Housing Development of the Year
  • UK Over 55 Housing Awards 2015, Best UK Retirement Village Design
  • Homes for Scotland 2014, Best Partnership in Affordable Delivery
  • Scottish Home Awards 2014, Affordable Housing Development of the Year
  • Homes for Scotland 2013, Regeneration Project
  • National Building Excellence Awards 2012, Best Social or Affordable Housing Award
  • Urban Land Institute Awards 2012, Global Award for Excellence
  • Evening Standard New Homes Awards 2012, Best Family Home (highly commended)
  • Evening Standard New Homes Awards 2010, Best Large Development
  • WhatHouse? Awards 2010, Best Brownfield Development
  • Housebuilding Innovation Awards 2009, Best Partnership between a Developer and the Public Sector
  • Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors Renaissance Awards 2009, Residential
  • National Home Improvement Council Awards 2008, Best Brownfield or Recycled Building Project
  • Housebuilding Innovation Awards 2008, Best Training / Staff Initiative
  • Scottish Design Awards 2007, Best Regeneration
  • Scottish Design Awards 2007, Best Residential Project

Property management

  • RESI Awards 2012 & 2014, Landlord of the Year
  • RESI Awards 2013, Property Manager of the Year

Leisure management

  • UKactive Flame Awards 2015, Leisure Centre Operator of the Year
  • UKactive Flame Awards 2015, Leisure Centre of the Year, Maltby Leisure Centre
  • UKactive Training Awards 2015, Activity Professional of the Year
  • RLSS UK IQL Awards 2015, Multi-Site Approved Training Centre of the Year
  • Quest Awards 2015, Exceptional Leisure Centre

Affordable housing

  • Housing Innovation Awards 2017, Most Innovative Finance Model
  • Norfolk Care Awards 2016, Together Everyone Achieved More
  • Housing Excellence Awards 2015, Best Finance Model
  • 24Housing Awards 2015, Welfare Wise
  • AGSM Gas Safety Awards 2015, Regional Social Housing Contractor of the Year
  • National Home Improvement Council Awards 2015, Gas Safety in Social Housing
  • Housing Excellence Awards 2014, Product of the Year
  • Housing Excellence Awards 2014, Best Tenant Care Programme
  • Women in Housing Awards 2014, Best Community Project
  • Social Landlords Crime and Nuisance Group Awards 2014, Best Project
  • National Housing Federation Awards 2011, Best Contribution to the Local Community
  • Green Apple Award 2011, Built Environment and Architectural Heritage
  • National Housing Federation Gold Awards 2008, Tackling Worklessness
  • National Housing Federation Gold Awards 2007, Environmental Sustainability

Business awards

  • Best Business Awards 2015, Best Employer
  • Best Business Awards 2015, Best Housing Association
  • Housing Association National Accountancy Awards 2013, Best Financial Innovation Business In The Community Big Tick Award 2012