Landlord in shortlist for top honours

Adactus Housing's group chief executive, Paul Lees
Adactus Housing's group chief executive, Paul Lees

ONE of Wigan’s biggest landlords has been shortlisted in the best large social landlord category of the prestigious UK Housing Awards.

The accolade is recognition for the way in which the 13,000-home, not-for-profit organisation Adactus Housing has improved its overall efficiency while increasing resident satisfaction with its services.

Adactus has tripled its operating surplus in the past three years, enabling it to significantly increase its house building programme and employ over 100 more staff.

Group chief executive Paul Lees said: “We are the only social landlord from the north of England to have been shortlisted for the category of best large social landlord and it is fantastic news. It recognises the hard work of our staff and our boards to deliver better resident satisfaction, make us more efficient and free up resources to build more homes.

“We are very pleased that, working with our local authority partners, the efforts we are making to tackle housing need are being recognised.”

Adactus Housing Group is the second biggest social housing developer in the North West of England with a development pipeline of over 800 new homes.

Mr Lees added: “As a housing association our job is to build more quality affordable homes. That is what we are doing and what we will continue to do more of.”

The awards are organised by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) and Inside Housing magazine. Now in their 18th year, this year’s awards attracted more than 250 entries from all over the UK.

The awards are sponsored by Campbell Tickell, H+H and Higgins.

Adactus Housing Group is now one of six left in the running for the best large social landlord category.

CIH chief executive Grainia Long said: “The UK Housing Awards recognise the excellent and innovative work being done by organisations and individuals across our industry, but perhaps more importantly they help to push up standards and provide inspiration. 

“We all have to do more with less and there is always room for improvement when it comes to providing the best services for residents.”