Novus Scoop a Community Impact Award

  02 MARCH, 2020
Novus win Community Impact Award

Novus Property Solutions are celebrating yet another industry accolade for their BIG 5 Campaign, after winning the Community Impact Award at the prestigious EEM Building Communities Awards 2020.

Building Communities Awards

Since its inception, the Building Communities Awards has become a mainstay of the CSR calendar in construction and has built up a reputation as being one of the biggest and best events of its kind.

The Building Communities Awards is hosted by procurement consortium, EEM Ltd and was devised to recognise and celebrate professionalism, excellence and innovation within the housing and construction community.

With over 500 industry professionals in attendance at the black-tie event, this awards ceremony represents a real opportunity for businesses to showcase and celebrate the very best in construction.

Community Impact Award

The judges presented this award to Novus as recognition for the positive impact that our social value activities are having on communities up and down the country. The business was recognised as putting community interests at the heart of its operations and for delivering notable benefits to local people and the surrounding environment.

As a long-lasting, far reaching community project, the BIG 5 Campaign was submitted by Novus as it met the judging criteria proposed by EEM.

According to the Building Communities website, “Entries should provide examples of meaningful and long-lasting community impact, backed up with tangible facts and figures, clearly outlining what level of value has been added through their work.”

A reminder of the BIG 5 Campaign can be found here.

The Judges

The winners in each category were determined by an esteemed panel of judges with a wealth of knowledge and experience in the housing and construction industry.

These were:

  • Amanda Batham - Business & Marketing Consultant – AJB Consultancy Services
  • Rachel Hayward - Managing Director of Ask the Chameleon (Bid Writer | Coach | Trainer)
  • Andrew Carpenter - Chief Executive of Structural Timber Association and of Constructing Excellence
  • Steve Hale Independent Housing Consultant

Fundraising Event

Alongside the awards ceremony, the Building Communities Awards also holds a charity auction in support in a chosen charity. This year, over £43,000 was raised for two charities:

  • Bullies Out – An award-winning charity that uses positive and practical solutions to help people overcome bullying and fulfil their potential.
  • Focus - A charity that aims to inspire and empower young people into making positive changes in their lives and communities.

More Information

For more information about the Corporate Social Responsibility activities that Novus undertakes, or for further examples of the social value projects that the business has been involved with, please visit the CSR area of our website.

Contact us to see how Novus can help with you next property maintenance, building refurbishment, or new build project.

Finally, we would like to thank EEM for presenting Novus with this award and to congratulate all of our fellow award winners and nominees.

sign for horton lodge school


Novus were already working on a building refurbishment contract at Horton Lodge Special School in Rudyard, where 3 respite overnight bedrooms were in need of redecoration. Novus and supply partner Dulux were happy to donate materials to the cause.  Horton Lodge Community Special School Situated in the picturesque lakeside village of Rudyard in Staffordshire, lies Horton Lodge School. As a special school, it aims to "provide high-quality teaching and learning where children are challenged and every individual is valued." The school caters for children aged from 2 to 11 years with physical disabilities, with many of the pupils experiencing additional learning difficulties, complex communication needs, and visual and / or hearing impairments. As the Stoke Sentinel reported in September, Horton Lodge was one of five Staffordshire schools that stood to lose funding for children’s overnight stays from this term before the funding cuts were ultimately put on hold. The refurbishment contract Horton Lodge has a residential provision known as "Kiplings" so named due to its proximity to Lake Rudyard. Kiplings is designed and managed to provide a homely environment for the school's children and young people.  The provision is designed to help build independent living skills as children learn to feed and bathe themselves, read to each other, and take part in creative activities. As part of the works, 3 bedrooms within Kiplings were in desperate need of refurbishment and redecoration, as the windows tended to leak into the rooms causing damp damage to the flooring and skirting. Novus were awarded the contract to carry out the refurbishments on the school, these works included: Refitting windows and doors to bedrooms Replacing the carpets Roof repairs Boiler replacement Shower refurbishments When complete, the refurbishments were described as a "real boost" to the school by the Headteacher. Donation of materials At the time, Horton Lodge were asking for donations of paint and curtains to redecorate their bedrooms in time for the return of the children after the summer break. Novus sourced the curtains and window tracks from a local Staffordshire supplier and donated them for use in the bedrooms. Supply partners Dulux also kindly donated the paint required to redecorate the bedrooms, which equated to over 65 litres free of charge. The school caretaker then decorated the bedrooms himself. Chris Lear, Senior Quantity Surveyor at Novus Property Solutions said: "It was our pleasure to donate these materials to Horton Lodge, the work they do with young people here is inspirational and we hope the children enjoy their new bedrooms."


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