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.

Social Housing Novus van


In an open letter to all social housing residents in the UK, the Government’s Housing Minister Christopher Pincher has recommended that landlords should now resume external planned maintenance and repairs. Maintenance and Repairs The letter published on 18th May 2020 said: “As we start to ease lockdown measures, landlords should be able to carry out routine as well as essential repairs for most households. There will be a backlog of repairs that they will need to address, so it may take longer than normal to carry out more non-essential work.” In addition, the letter suggests that landlords “may also carry out maintenance and repairs in empty properties, so that they can be re-let to new tenants.” Finally, with regards to internal planned maintenance Mr. Pincher stressed that internal planned maintenance will only take place in homes where residents are not shielding or self-isolating” and that maintenance operatives should, as a minimum, “notify you in advance of arrival, maintain a safe distance and follow hygiene procedures.” The Government recently released best practice guidance for working in other people’s homes, which is available to view via “Covid-19 working guidance”. Welcome news Following the publication of the Housing Minister’s letter, Operations Director of Novus Lee Hartley said: “This update from the Government is welcome news to Novus and to the social housing sector as a whole. We are keen to move forward with social housing landlords to help clear the substantial maintenance work backlog caused as a result of the Covid-19 lockdown.” “As always, the safety of our colleagues and that of the residents is of the utmost importance. We’ve adapted our working practices and provided our colleagues with all the necessary personal protective equipment required to carry out their work safely and effectively.” A copy of Christopher Pincher’s letter can be found here.


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