ICSH Allianz Community Housing Awards 2019

The ICSH is proud to again partner with Allianz for the 2019 Community Housing Awards, the tenth presentation of these awards recognsing excellence in social housing design, development and delivery.  

The ICSH is seeking as many entries as possible for this year’s Awards. At a time of increased pressure for delivery from the sector we want to showcase the numerous approved housing bodies and local authorities rising to the challenge and continually making efforts to meet high housing demand. The 2019 Awards will showcase this work and encourage all in their work to deliver these workable housing solutions.
 
The 2019 Awards seek to recognise excellence across ten individual categories reflecting the current housing landscape. Category entries are sought across urban and rural areas seeking to display a true reflection of the diverse range of housing developments delivered across the local authority and approved housing body sector. Winners will be announced at the ICSH Biennial National Social Housing Conference gala dinner, in White's Hotel, Wexford on October 10th. The 2017 Community Housing Award winners are detailed here

 

 
Who should Enter?
 
Approved Housing Bodies
The awards are open to all housing associations and housing co-operatives across the country presenting an opportunity to recognise work and achievements from both large and small organisations embracing a diverse range people, skills and activities.
 
Local Authorities
The Awards are open to all local authorities offering an opportunity to highlight housing delivery achievements in addition to innovative housing initiatives.
 
Eligibility
 

  • The Awards are open to all housing associations, housing co-operatives and local authorities;
  • Entries should relate to projects built, leased or acquired between January 2017 and May 2019;
  • There is an exception to the above project delivery timeframe where a project is entered under the ‘Housing Management Initiative’, ‘Community Integration’ or ‘Achievement in Community Housing Award’ categories where no prescribed timeframe for delivery applies;
  • Accommodation schemes entered should be fully completed and/or refurbished at the time of making award entry submission;
  • Accommodation schemes entered should have tenants in residence at least one month prior to award entry submission;
  • Up to a maximum of three projects per organisation can be submitted for entry in three separate categories;
  • An individual project can only be entered once;
  • Submissions should outline how their entry meets the Award criteria (as outlined below) by providing supporting statements under each. Supporting statements should be in no more than 300 words. Additional statement from a tenant as applicable is considered useful.

 
 
Categories:
 

  1. Housing for Older People
    Accommodation providing independent living for older people with on site or visiting support services.

 

  1. Homeless Projects
    Emergency accommodation such as hostels or refuges. This category also includes transitional accommodation and long term housing for formerly homeless people.

 

  1. Housing for People with Disabilities
    This includes accommodation for people with intellectual, physical or sensory disabilities providing them with independent living.

 

  1. Housing for Families
    Accommodation for low income families, of any size.

 

  1. Regeneration
    Regeneration and/or refurbishment of existing housing projects and communities.

 

  1. Most Creative Supply Response
    Projects which demonstrate most innovative/specialist supply solution that has made a real difference to peoples’ lives by doing something over and above standard delivery channels e.g. utilising an innovative source of financing or creating partnership working to realise a supply solution.

 

  1. Collaboration Initiatives
    Projects which illustrate collective benefits, achieving efficiencies and shared learning, demonstrating the added value of partnership/multi agency working.

 

  1. Community Integration in Housing
    Projects which demonstrate effective inclusion and integration of the wider community through activity/organisational/volunteer involvement

 

  1. Housing Management models to improve performance
    Projects/organisations demonstrating innovative/good practices in the areas of housing management and maintenance, customer service, promotion of tenant participation (e.g. establishment of resident’s association), smart use of technology (smart homes) resulting in positive outcomes for people and communities.

 

  1. Achievement in Community Housing
    Special recognition for achievement and commitment in housing by voluntary board member(s), individuals or local authority elected members demonstrating passion for housing delivery over a sustained period.

 
 
Awarding Criteria
 
A panel of judges from Ireland and overseas will consider the entry submissions which should provide an assessment of your project against each of the following criteria:
 
1) Context

  • How the design solution responds to the surrounding built environment;
  • How the project is aesthetically pleasing; and
  • How the design creates a sense of community.
  • How the mix of dwelling types, sizes and tenure enhances the value of the surrounding community; and
  • How any communal facilities serve local community needs.

 
2) Usability

  • How the type of accommodation meets the needs of the tenants being accommodated;
  • How the design allows ease of access within the building for all tenants and for people with impaired mobility;
  • If there is ease of access to services, public transport and local amenities;
  • How easily the dwelling(s) can be adapted to meet the changing needs of the tenants during their lifetime; and
  • How health and safety, privacy and security have been taken account of.

 
3) Management

  • How the design of the dwelling(s) helps efficient housing management;
  • Tenant satisfaction and involvement;
  • The management policies in place;
  • How tenants participate in the running of the project; and
  • How low cost maintenance elements have been incorporated in the project.

 
 
4) Sustainability

  • How the environment impacts on the tenant’s quality of life:
  • How optimum use has been made of renewable sources of energy;
  • How the project reduces fuel poverty concerns for tenants and affordability of daily living costs;
  • How natural resources have been used in the construction, management and maintenance;
  • The measures of self sufficiency that are in place; and
  • How the project includes sustainable waste management and other energy saving measures
  • Projects which demonstrate replicability or ability to scale-up are also of interest to the Panel.

 
Entry Process

Application forms (attached) (to include the proposed development, category, location and so on) must be submitted through the ICSH online application form (attached) by 3rd May 2019. The full timeframe and associated steps in relation to entry process are set out below:


 
 
Documentation Requirements
 

  • One copy of the drawings/ plans for the project including a location map;
  • A written description of the project including supporting statements under each of the 4 award criteria.
  • Photographs of the project. Maximum 10 to be emailed;
  • Shortlisted entries will be required to provide A1 or A2 architect’s boards of the development for judging panel interviews and display at the ICSH National Social Housing Conference. Shortlisted entries will also provide a short video (1 minute) for the Awards event.
  • All entries will be invited to supply A1 or A2 architect’s boards of the development for display at the ICSH National Social Housing Conference.

 
Competition guidelines

  1. The decision of the panel of judges is final;
  2. The ICSH reserves the right to disqualify incomplete or ineligible applications;
  3. Submissions should be made no later than 12pm on 3rd May 2019;
  4. Entrants will receive confirmation of their entry;
  5. The ICSH reserve the right to alter the categories based on project profiles;
  6. Entrants agree to any filming of project entries for promotional of the work at the ICSH Awards and at any subsequent ICSH events;
  7. The winners are asked to agree to co-operate with any filming of the schemes for promotional purposes at ICSH events any publicity that may arise from the ICSH Awards.

 

Send completed application forms and any queries to Catherine McGillycuddy, Membership Development Officer at catherine@icsh.ie

Date: 
Thursday, 14 March, 2019