28 July 2014

Octavia receive fourth largest allocation from Mayor

Octavia's new site at Fitzroy Place

The Connected Partnership consisting of Octavia Housing, Origin Housing and Shepherds Bush Housing Group is pleased have received an allocation of £18,347,667 in the Mayor’s Housing Covenant to build 718 new homes. This allocation is the fourth largest allocation approved by the Mayor in London.

The level of bid submitted remains consistent with the delivery the partnership has achieved over most of the last decade which has led to Connected being considered as a “trusted partner” by the GLA. This has resulted in the offer of one of only eight programme management agreements in London. All the main Connected partners have consistently exceeded the target of providing at least 3% of additional social housing homes over recent years.

The quality of the of Connected’s new homes has also been frequently recognised with a number of high profile local and national awards for design, sustainability, regeneration and sales & marketing , including awards for the first Passivhaus led schemes for tall blocks of flats in the country.
Richard Blakeway, the Deputy Mayor for Housing wrote to Connected saying that the Partnership’s bid was:

particularly strong, which I wanted to personally acknowledge, and the GLA is looking forward to working with you to deliver the affordable homes that London need

In a joint statement the Chief Executives of Octavia Housing, Origin Housing and Shepherds Bush Housing Group, said:

This allocation means we can build more homes that are truly affordable in some of the most expensive areas of the capital, creating truly inclusive communities.”

The Connected partners are active members of the Placeshapers Group and seek to retain close local ties with their respective residents, communities and stakeholders in delivering new homes and services, including extensive community development activities. The successful bid incorporates a small number of homes for smaller housing associations to enable them to continue to develop.

The Connected Partnership was originally formed in 2005 and is led by Octavia.  The Partnership enables each of the three cohort organisations to not only apply for joint bids but also to pool skills, expertise and resources to manage development programmes and cash take up effectively with the Homes and Communities agency. Our collaboration runs wider to include joint procurement of supplies and services, training and sharing of best practice. To date we have delivered 2600 new homes.