Eastlight’s Development Team shortlisted for top industry award

Eastlight's Development Team stood together as a group outside Eastlight House doing the Embrace Equity pose for International Women's Day. The pose is making a cross with your arms across your chest with your hands on shoulders.

Eastlight Community Homes’ Development Team has been recognised by the Inside Housing Development Awards.

Nominated by Eastlight, the 27-strong service have been shortlisted for the ‘Best Development Team’ category.

In the past 12 months, the team has exceeded their highest new homes targets with 324 new homes, for a mix of tenures including social rent, affordable rent and shared ownership – with major development projects at the Longacre, Manor Street and Mount Hill estates, as well as our most recently secured Bovingdon Road site.

An internal restructure last year perfectly exemplified the team’s resilience during significant transformation and their ability to strengthen relationships with external stakeholders to maximise affordable housing potential across the East of England, securing almost £4 million in grant funding from Homes England.

In line with our Sustainability and New Homes strategies, the team have also launched their aspirational ‘Design Guide’ which promotes good-quality design work across our new homes programmes and serves as a reference point for clients, consultants and contractors.

Our Development team stand out from the crowd in the way they continue to harness a culture of collaboration, shared learning and continuous improvement, setting an example across the business and wider sector for their passion and determination.

Eastlight’s Head of Partnerships, Land & Programme, Ian Christmas, says:

“All of the members of Eastlight’s Development service are ecstatic to have made it through to the shortlist of this year’s awards.

“The whole team work incredibly hard to achieve Eastlight’s challenging new homes targets, delivering 324 new high quality affordable homes last financial year and with over 1,000 new affordable homes currently in the pipeline.

“Achieving these numbers for a team of our size is incredible when compared to much larger providers who deliver similar numbers with much larger development teams.”

Dan Jones, Executive Director of Development & Asset Management, says:

“This shortlisting is fantastic news and richly deserved. The Eastlight Development Team have transformed the service it delivers for our customers. We wish them the very best of luck!”

The awards ceremony takes place in London on Friday, 29th September.