Our Daily Roundup of Inside Housing's Digital Housing Week – Day 3

  25 JUNE, 2020
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Here is what we learnt on day 3 of Inside Housing's Digital Housing Week (22nd - 26th June 2020). 

What is the impact on social housing supply since building has stalled and what will capacity look like post Covid-19?

Session attended by BD and Market Insight Manager Paul Williams

  • The construction sector has experienced a 15-20% productivity hit and is not expected to recover fully, until 2022, with labour availability being a major factor, particularly if a hard Brexit occurs.
  • The housing sector is seen as leading in terms of professionalism in construction and the Construction Leadership Council is looking for other parts of construction to follow this example.
  • There is a significant focus on demonstrating MMC is both efficient and cost effective, but acceptance that there is a lack of confidence in the product.
  • Joined up policy making between disposal of public land and the need for more affordable housing can result more affordable homes being delivered. The London Mayors, Land Fund has already demonstrated this approach.

Key messages from Head of Partnerships, Peter Hordley and Housing Partnership Manager Sue Minkely

  • The value of the construction industry to the country – every £1 spent in construction has a value of £3 in the wider economy (Ann Bentley, Rider Levett Bucknall).
  • The crisis has accelerated the introduction of some real, potentially long-lasting changes & benefits, such as: Creative use of technology with virtual diagnostic inspections, positive resident engagement & support – particularly for the most vulnerable, and greater online engagement with residents about how services should be delivered (Jennifer Ryans, Housing Ombudsman Service).
  • The crisis has forced us to make changes to the way that services are delivered giving the sector the space to reshape delivery completely, push through strategic improvements and make 2020/21 the year of real change for the better (Rob Morley, KWL).
  • The greater use of technology is the key both with communicating with residents - providing training via webinars, using devices to diagnose faults, and minimising time on site etc - all of which is expected to continue going forward.

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external building refurbishments


Over 3000 residents living in Perth and Kinross Council’s properties are set to benefit from newly refurbished homes after Novus were awarded a new refurbishment contract. Building contractor Novus will carry out external works to over 3,330 properties across the Perthshire North and South, Perth City, Muirton and, Latham and Hillylend areas of Scotland. The extensive refurbishments, which will include external decoration, new rendering, new fencing and guttering, will be phased over the next four years. "Committed to investing in our houses" Daniel Murray, Project Manager at Perth and Kinross Council, said: “Ensuring our region’s housing stock is high-quality is vital to both our residents’ wellbeing and the lifespan of the properties. We’re committed to investing in our houses to achieve this and we’re confident that the extensive decoration programme will have a significant impact our communities.  “Novus has an excellent knowledge of our local area and we know they will put our tenants’ needs first, as well as delivering fantastic results.” "We're looking forward to beginning" Charlie Cooley, Head of Operations at Novus, said: “We have a long-standing relationship with Perth and Kinross Council which has enabled us to develop a deeper understanding of how we can work with residents to achieve the best results for everyone. We’re looking forward to beginning the upgrades and seeing the difference the revitalised homes will make to the communities.” The value of the project will be around £2million and will take place from November 2020.


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