Places for People was crowned Residential Company of the Year award at the Estates Gazette awards in London last night (Tuesday, September 20).

In announcing the winner, the judges commended Places for People's placemaking approach which was described as a blueprint for how housing providers could help solve the UK's housing crisis.

In 2001 Places for People took a bold step by becoming the first Registered Social Landlord to build homes for private sale.

Over the past 15 years the Places for People Group has evolved from a housing association into one of the largest property management, development, regeneration and leisure companies in the UK, managing or o wning more than 153,000 homes and 116 leisure centres.

As a result, Group turnover has increase by more than two thirds (66.9%) over the past five years from £369.5m to £616.6m and the Group's capabilities have grown significantly to enable it to deliver a comprehensive placemaking service.

The past year has been particularly successful for Places for People as it has won a number of high-profile house-building schemes including; a joint venture with Balfour Beatty which will create 1,500 new homes in London's Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and a partnership with Aberdeen City Council, which will initially deliver 2,000 much-needed homes without any Government subsidy or cost to the taxpayer.

In 2015, Places for People tripled its housing pipeline enabling it to deliver 15,000 new homes in the coming years.

Taking a placemaking approach ensures that Places for People do not just build new homes, but focus on constructing important local infrastructure and facilities in order to create attractive neighbourhoods and communities that ensure the long-term success of places and people.

When completed, Places for People's Brooklands development in Milton Keynes will provide 2,500 new mixed-tenure homes, three new schools, a hotel, commercial space, new roads, high-speed fibre optic broadband, and 100 acres of parkland.

Places for People Group Chief Executive, David Cowans, said: "This award win is a real endorsement of our placemaking approach and our diversification into property development and leisure management, which means we can create attractive communities and neighbourhoods where people really want to live.

"The significant contracts we've won over the past year are not only a testament to our approach, but a testament to the hard work and dedication of our workforce and our joint venture and local authority partners, who share our passion for delivering great places for people to live."

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