08 Sep 2021
50 years of partnerships
We are delighted to be sponsoring this year’s Working in Partnership Award, which recognises the importance of teamwork in delivering partnership schemes of outstanding quality across Wales.
Collaborative schemes in housebuilding allow us to efficiently deliver long-term and sustainable projects, as well as provide greater opportunities for local people to find new homes.
For 50 years, we have been working in partnership with housing associations and local authorities to create places where communities can thrive, and places where people can enjoy a strong sense of belonging.
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first Lovell partnership, we have also launched two initiatives with the aim to give back to communities which we have helped to build. The two initiatives include ‘50 miles to change a life’, which encouraged staff to track their fitness and was completed in August, and the ‘50-day difference’, where we are currently taking part in community volunteering sessions through to the end of the year.
We are proud to announce that three of our partnership developments – The Mill in Cardiff, Golwg Y Bryn in Ebbw Vale and Ymyl Yr Afon in Merthyr Vale – have been shortlisted for a Delivering High Quality Homes Award. Across the sites, we have delivered more than 1,000 much-needed new homes and community facilities through the power of partnerships.
This year, as we look to the future, our ambition remains to work with other like-minded organisations, which are equally as committed to building much needed homes, creating jobs and training opportunities that encourage long-term economic prosperity.
The benefits of joint schemes in housebuilding
Strategic partnerships have proven to be an effective solution in helping to tackle housing shortages.
Throughout the pandemic especially, more and more people have realised that a strong sense of community is invaluable, and that the absence of a good home in a desirable area can have a big impact on the lives and wellbeing of people.
Through partnerships, we can make greater financial contributions to local areas and investments into new housing.
Collaborative schemes can also lead to significantly higher levels of quality on a project through additional support, and it can increase the probability of timely and on-budget completion, as well as reduce the risk of claims and litigation.
We believe that partnerships are, and have been, a fundamental player in some of our best projects to date, and we are very much looking forward to celebrating the achievements of the finalists throughout the awards.
We give our best wishes to all who have been shortlisted for this award, and we wish you a very productive and rewarding rest of the year.
Gemma Clissett, Regional Partnerships Director at Lovell South Wales and South West.
Lovell is a leading provider of partnership and open-market housing.
Currently celebrating the 50th anniversary of its first partnership housing scheme, the company has expertise in housing-led regeneration including new-build, open market housing, refurbishment, planned maintenance and assisted living.
With offices in England, Scotland and Wales, Lovell continually works in partnership with housing associations and local authorities to build the nation’s much-needed homes and provides a comprehensive range of services, build and maintenance options for clients. Addressing one of the biggest challenges faced in UK housing today, its specialist division, Lovell Later Living, also works with partners and customers including local authorities, registered providers (housing associations), care operators and investors to deliver purpose-built housing for older and vulnerable people.
Lovell is part of the Morgan Sindall Group plc, a leading UK construction and regeneration group with revenue of £3bn which operates through six divisions of Construction & Infrastructure, Fit Out, Property Services, Partnership Housing, Urban regeneration and Investments.