Livv Housing Group wins big at the Northern Housing Awards

June 4, 2024

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We put on a five-star performance at this year’s Northern Housing Awards as we took home the trophies for five prestigious awards, including Landlord of the Year.

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Now in its sixth year, the Northern Housing Awards took place on Thursday 23 May at The Point, Emirates Old Trafford in Manchester.

The awards shine a light on exceptional individuals and organisations who make it their mission to improve homes and communities across the north.

Our successful Healthy Lifestyle Choices project was recognised as the Best Resident Support/Wellbeing Initiative.

Designed to promote physical and mental wellbeing as well as community connectivity, we collaborate with partners across Knowsley, each with their own expertise, assets and relationships to provide a comprehensive programme that meets the needs of individual customers. In the last cohort, 91% of participants reported an improvement in mental health. It’s the results and impact on participants’ lives that sets this initiative apart.

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Focused on local regeneration, The Watchfactory Phase Two in Prescot received the prize for Best Affordable Housing Development (£20m+).

The Watchfactory Phase Two is a stunning development of 191 new homes for affordable rent, Shared Ownership and Rent to Buy. It wraps around the existing Grade II listed Watchfactory building that was redeveloped into our flagship Extra Care scheme in 2018. With apartments, houses and inspired living* bungalows, communal facilities and shared open spaces, we’re building an intergenerational community for the benefit of all.

*Older Person’s Shared Ownership Scheme

As the UK aims for net zero by 2050, we picked up the award for Best Approach to Decarbonisation for our proactive agenda.

By using customer intelligence to prioritise improvements, we’re on track to achieve EPC rating of C on all our customers’ homes by 2025. In the past year, we’ve invested £5.2million to reduce carbon emissions through the installation of loft, wall and floor insulation, triple-glazed windows and solar PV systems.

Our approach also involves building energy-efficient new homes and taking action to decarbonise our own estate – which has included the complete refurbishment of our head office.

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On our road to net zero, we’ve been working with academics at Liverpool John Moore’s University to consider new technologies through the Low Carbon Eco-Innovatory.

Flutter Shutter, successfully piloted last year, offers energy savings equivalent to triple glazing, especially suitable for social housing retrofits. The pilot yielded valuable energy consumption data, showing potential savings of up to £235 per year for customers. We’re using this to inform future net zero carbon decisions.

It was this innovative collaboration between Livv and Flutter Shutter that was awarded Northern Housing Partnership of the Year.

Finally, we took home the highly coveted Landlord of the Year award.

As a 13,000 home, 28,000 customer landlord, we work beyond bricks and mortar and our customers’ wellbeing is our top priority. Through innovative partnerships, we showed judges how we addresses pressing challenges like the cost-of-living crisis, food and fuel poverty, and young people’s mental health to create positive impact and flourishing communities.

The Northern Housing Awards is a prominent event in the housing industry calendar, celebrating the pride of the sector across the north. To have been shortlisted in five categories was a tremendous honour, but taking home the trophy for every single one is an extraordinary achievement.

“Livv is more than just a housing business. We’ve got incredible people doing incredible things every day. They truly understand the communities that we work in and make it their mission to use all our resources and partnerships to make a real impact and change lives. It’s because of them that we stand out.

“Our corporate plan is all about ‘doing more’, and I’m so proud that the fantastic work we’re doing is receiving the recognition it deserves. It was truly a stellar five-star performance on the night!

Léann Hearne, Chief Executive of Livv Housing Group.