Winner/Grand Prix & the Award for the Best use of Housing – Birmingham Municipal Housing Trust

The winner of this year’s award for the best use of housing in regeneration – and also the project selected for the Grand Prix for the category winner in this year’s awards deserving of special celebration – was born out of the financial and economic crisis that began in 2008.

Knowing that developers and registered social landlords would no longer be able to deliver housing at the same rate they had been doing in the previous decade, Birmingham City Council decided to take a more active role in renewing the city’s housing stock, under the auspices of new local authority housing vehicle the Birmingham Municipal Housing Trust (BMHT).

Awards judge Jim Fennell, managing director at planning, design and economics consultancy Nathaniel Lichfield & Partners, says: “The fact that it’s a local authority showing real leadership at a time when local authorities are under tremendous stress with cutbacks and so on sends out a very positive message.”

The regeneration and renewal website has more information.