Birmingham City Council

Award Winning BMHT

BMHT wins Royal Town Planning Institute award - 10 July 2013

BMHT won this award for developing an innovative solution to building affordable new homes - including a new financial model that would lessen risk for developers and also be independent of grant funding in case this was reduced or withdrawn.

The judges described this project as a highly innovative, workable housing investment model with real benefits to local people in housing need and reduced business risk for investors. The houses were built to a high level of Code for Sustainable Homes (4) and implement 'good neighbour agreements'.

BMHT scoops UK Housing Award - 9 November 2011

The city council’s house building programme – Birmingham Municipal Housing Trust (BHMT) – won the top prize of Outstanding Achievement in the UK, making it the best-of-the-best in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The council also won the award for Outstanding Achievement in Housing in England at the UK Housing Awards.

The housing team involved in BHMT received the awards for its council house building programme, beating five other organisations in its category and sweeping the board as overall winner.

In order to win the award BMHT was closely scrutinised by the UK Housing panel. This included providing information on how the house building programme has made a significant contribution to housing in England and the UK, by delivering more for less during economic difficulty.

This is demonstrated by the council’s innovative unconventional sales model which de-risks development and secures planning approval for each site in advance of procuring a construction partner. It defers payment for its land until the developer has sold each home. It is at that point the council takes its income and re-invests it in future schemes. This approach reduces the developers’ risk and allows a gradual and cost effective way of funding new houses and keeps Birmingham building.

BMHT wins a national Regeneration and Renewal awards - 29 September 2011

Our BMHT scheme won two national awards at the Regeneration and Renewal Awards 2011.

The team involved in BMHT received the prestigious awards for its council homebuilding programme beating four companies in the category of ‘Best use of Housing in Regeneration’. The council also received the overall special Grand Prix Award.

In order to win the award the programme was closely scrutinised by the Regeneration and Renewal panel. The examination included the schemes innovative financial method used to deliver mixed tenure sites, the rationale behind the choice for certain areas and visiting various sites under development or design.