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The Chartered Institute of Housing is the independent voice for housing and the home of professional standards

Best in housing celebrated at CIH housing awards 2019


People who work in housing and homelessness across Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland have been recognised for their contribution to local communities and the wider economy, at the prestigious CIH Housing Awards 2019, held at Titanic Belfast on Friday 22 February.

The awards, which first began in 2010, aim to recognise the outstanding people and many diverse housing organisations that make a real difference not only to housing, but to the lives of ordinary people and the communities in which they live.

All award winners at this year’s Radius Housing sponsored event – with the exception of best housing story, which was chosen by public vote – were decided by an independent panel of expert judges from across the housing industry.

A total of 14 awards were presented on the night, including the highly prestigious ‘Exceptional contribution by a CIH member’ award, which was presented to Anita Conway, Director of Development, Radius Housing, in recognition of her services to the housing sector throughout the island of Ireland.

CIH Northern Ireland and Ireland would like to thank everyone who took time to enter this year’s awards - as well as our independent judges, generous sponsors, and dinner guests without whom such a showcase event would never be possible.

We are delighted to announce that the full list of winners at the 2019 CIH Housing Awards is as follows:

Best housing development

Cullingtree Meadows – Clanmil Housing

Excellence in customer service

Customer Services Digital Transformation – Co-Ownership

Excellence in communications

Extreme Weather Communications Response, Peter McVerry Trust

Excellence in health and wellbeing

St Joseph's and Radharc na Cille square circles - Clúid Housing

Excellence in private rented sector

Smartmove Housing project – Smartmove Housing

Excellence in innovation

Dementia friendly project, South Down pilot – NI Housing Executive

Housing team of the year

Wakehurst Court – EHA Group

More than bricks and mortar

Extern Homes – Extern Northern Ireland

Promoting equality

Delivering Welcoming Neighbourhoods for All – Clanmil Housing

Working in partnership

Assisted Living Technology – NI Housing Executive

Housing hero

Fr Patsy Carolan – Circle Voluntary Housing Association

Best housing story

Social Housing Enterprise Programme – NI Housing Executive

Young professional of the year

John Lewis – NI Housing Executive

Exceptional contribution by a CIH member

Anita Conway – Radius Housing

Also recognised on the night were:

Highly commended best housing development

Rosetta Cottages, Clanmil Housing

Highly commended best housing development

St Agatha's Court Regeneration, Peter McVerry Trust

Highly commended promoting equality

Housing Rights

Bravery award

Tracy Barker, Alpha Housing


For more information please contact Edel Hughes, events producer on 028 9077 8222 or

Notes to editors:

1. The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) is the independent voice for housing and the home of professional standards. Our goal is simple – to provide housing professionals with the advice, support and knowledge they need to be brilliant. CIH is a registered charity and not-for-profit organisation. This means that the money we make is put back into the organisation and funds the activities we carry out to support the housing sector. We have a diverse membership of people who work in both the public and private sectors, in 20 countries on five continents across the world. Further information is available at

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