CityWest Homes project to end fuel poverty is shortlisted for UK Housing Award

CityWest Homes has made the shortlist for ‘Outstanding landlord of the year’ category in the UK Housing Awards. Now in its 19th year, the awards received over 250 entries from across the UK.

The awards celebrate the very best in the sector, recognising the great work done by housing organisations to improve the lives of people in the communities which they serve. They are organised by the Chartered Institute of Housing and Inside Housing magazine.

CityWest Homes, which manages over 21,000 properties in London, was shortlisted for community projects which have cut fuel bills for residents while reducing carbon emissions in the city. The district heating network they manage, Pimlico District Heating Undertaking (PDHU), pictured left, is now an established jewel in the crown of both London’s past and future, having provided affordable energy to over 3,200 properties for half a century. PDHU also saves 11,000 tonnes of carbon emissions annually by displacing coal fired electricity generation and is at the vanguard of Boris Johnson’s drive to produce 25% of the capital’s power from local sources by 2025.

Tim Harris, chief executive, CityWest Homes, said: “We’re delighted to be shortlisted for this award. This is recognition for the fantastic work our people do to drive projects which successfully help our residents with crucial issues. Fuel poverty continues to be high on the national agenda. It affects our residents, as well as the rest of the UK. That’s why our sustainability projects take a targeted approach to the problem, providing practical solutions which reduce bills, cut our carbon footprint and help to prevent our residents from having to make difficult choices when it comes to keeping warm.”

Another CityWest Homes project which has made an impact is the Westminster Works employment programme. In 2014, the programme helped 50 residents of all ages and backgrounds back into work. Free career support was provided to residents, in venues which are located on the estates in which they live. This makes Westminster Works a highly successful local solution to the national issue of unemployment.

Chartered Institute of Housing interim chief executive, Gavin Smart, said: “The UK Housing Awards recognise the great work being done by housing professionals and organisations across the industry, but they also push us all to do better as a sector. We hope the achievements of our finalists will inspire others, as they aim to provide the best possible services for residents and communities.

“Congratulations to all of the organisations which have been shortlisted and best of luck for the ceremony – win or lose, your work will help inspire us all to improve.”

Winners will be announced at an award ceremony on Tuesday 21 April 2015, at the Lancaster London Hotel. Award winning, writer, actress, TV presenter and comedian Sandi Tokvig will present the awards, which are sponsored by Campbell Tickell, Capsticks, CHAS, Higgins, The Housing Contact, ISOS, Locality Solutions and NHBC.

Photograph caption: Visitors to the Pimlico District Heating Undertaking during Open House London.

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