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About us

As a leading housing provider across the Midlands and East of England, Longhurst Group delivers award-winning, affordable homes designed with our customers in mind.

We are creative and innovative and thrive at being a leading provider of housing, care and support services. With a great set of values, we make a positive difference within our local communities, creating places where people want to live.

As a not-for-profit organisation, we are made up of four member companies:

We also have an award winning development arm – Keystone.

Together we own and manage over 20,000 homes across more than 45 local authority areas.

 

Our Vision

Our vision as a Group is clear. Everything we do is about ‘improving lives’. From the great homes and care and support services we provide to the numerous projects that make a positive difference to people’s lives.

 

Our Values

We are united by a shared set of values that guide everything that we do as a Group and show what matters to us. These are:

 

Through the Years

Use our slider to take a scroll through history and see how we got started:

 

2016

2016

The new board structure is announced

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2015

2015

Julie Doyle is announced as the new Chief Executive, from 1st July 2015.

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2014

2014

Anne Adamthwaite is announced as the new Chair of the Longhurst Group board and the Group secures a further £25million to support an ambitious development programme. The funding came in the form of a reserve bond negotiated as part of the debut bond £250million issue raised in 2012.

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2013

2013

More than a home a day… During 2013/14 Longhurst Group, completed more than eight new homes every week on average, delivering 436 new homes in 12 months.

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2012

2012

£250m funding deal to help ease Midlands housing crisis: Longhurst Group, together with its appointed financial advisors Savills, raised the funding through the bonds market.

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2012

2012

Libra: As part of capital market issue and loan restructuring process, the Group established a special purpose funding vehicle, Libra (Longhurst Group) Treasury plc, to handle these new borrowing arrangements.

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2011

2011

Longhurst Group celebrates their 10th anniversary by welcoming Beechdale Community Housing Association to the Group. The amalgamation of Beechdale with Friendship Care and Housing means that we now have three substantial housing associations, a development company, Keystone Developments and the POD development consultancy.

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2010

2010

Blue Skies Consortium is one of the top 10 developers nationally: As a result of our successful history Longhurst Group can boast to being one of the leading housing organisations in the Midlands. As one of the key partners in the Blue Skies Consortium we are one of the top 10 developers nationally.

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2009

2009

Longhurst Homes and Havelok Homes amalgamate to form L&H Homes. This provides not only geographical sense but also logistical and financial sense. By bringing our two companies together L&H Homes become a stronger unit increasing our knowledge and expertise in developing homes, managing estates, providing care and support services and engaging communities.

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2009

2009

Residents of Rutland join Spire Homes: Spire Homes welcomes the residents of Rutland into the family. This was an incredibly proud moment for Spire Homes because all the hard work was rewarded with a staggering 87% of tenants voting in favour to become a Spire Homes resident. The transfer day was marked with Spire Homes kicking off their £20 million improvement programme as promised to Rutland tenants.

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2009

2009

Longhurst Group now delivers services in 40 local authority areas, across four investment regions stretching from Herefordshire to Norfolk and from Humberside to Buckinghamshire. They now manage more than 16,000 homes and have 1,000 staff group wide.

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2008

2008

Longhurst Homes celebrates 35 years of providing affordable housing in the East Midlands and launch their first promotional DVD.

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2007

2007

Blue Skies Consortium secure a £50 million grant: Formed in 2006, is a development consortium of 16 housing associations brought together by the lead partners Longhurst Group and Nottingham Community Housing Association, set up to act as a gateway for housing associations to access grants, funding and development opportunities which individually they may have found impossible. The £50 million grant will ensure that an extra 1,270 affordable homes will be built across the Midlands and East of England. The consortium is now in the top 20 providers of new affordable homes.

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2006

2006

Longhurst Homes launch their new community vehicle, a one stop mobile training venue, meeting room and exhibition venue, all under one roof. The vehicle, a first for housing associations, tackles the social exclusion facing many rural communities who find it much harder to access the services they need. Through links with partner organisations, it will be able to offer access to training, education, health and well-being services for tenants.

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2006

2006

Friendship Care and Housing join the Group expanding the areas of operation into the West Midlands. Friendship also in they year celebrate a landmark birthday of 50 years in operation. Originally set up in 1956 to “extend the hand of friendship”, the housing association has continued to support this ethos to the present day.

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2005

2005

Longhurst move to a new head office: Longhurst Homes and Longhurst Group move to new, purpose built offices on the outskirts of Boston. The new offices offer excellent facilities, state of the art design and greater opportunities for team working.

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2005

2005

Member companies change their name:All the member companies rebrand and change their names from Longhurst Housing Association to Longhurst Homes, Havelok Housing Association to Havelok Homes and East Northamptonshire Housing to Spire Homes. The new names will reflect their ever changing markets from affordable homes to rent to the shared ownership market.The new identity will also help Spire Homes to achieve its aim of expanding their development into new geographical areas.

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2003

2003

The newest partner to join the Group, Havelok Housing Association from Grimsby, is a prominent association across Humberside. Havelok brings to the Group a good reputation as a landlord, and a strong operational base in caring for older people and the provision of supported housing. The group is now made up of 3 main housing associations, together with a development company, Keystone Developments) and a small charitable organisation (Home from Home).

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2002

2002

Keystone Developments is formed and becomes the third subsidiary of Longhurst Group in response to rapidly growing markets. This new venture concentrates on developing high quality retirement housing and exploring opportunities to create starter homes for local people, building on the Group-wide experience of managing leasehold and shared ownership properties. Keystone remains busier than ever as our area of operation remains exceptionally popular with retirees.

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2002

2002

One year after it was formed, East Northamptonshire Housing move to new offices in Rushden bringing the majority of staff together for the first time.

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2001

2001

Following a massive vote by local council tenants in favour of transferring their homes to a new landlord, East Northamptonshire Housing is formally launched on 19th February 2001 as part of Longhurst Group. The new landlord takes on 3,488 homes and 976 garages on the day of transfer – and within 24 hours has made a start on a £30 million improvement programme, beginning with window replacement works as the first project.

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2000

2000

Longhurst Group is formed: East Northamptonshire Council ballot its tenants about the proposal to transfer ownership of their homes to a new independent landlord. The outcome of the ballot was a (then) record breaking 94% vote in favour of transfer. Longhurst Group was established shortly afterwards with Longhurst Homes as its first member company and a new subsidiary, East Northamptonshire Housing, up and running the following year ready to take on 4,178 homes from the council.

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1996

1996

In 1996 Longhurst successfully wins the tender to manage the properties of East Northamptonshire Council. The contract was won on the basis of the quality of service and value for money Longhurst could provide the Council and its tenants. This was a major show of confidence, underlining the trust that our partners had and continue to have in the way we do things.

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1992

1992

Longhurst merges with Bridge Housing Society: With a growing reputation for taking on challenges the Housing Corporation (our regulatory body at the time) invites Longhurst to join forces with the Nottingham-based Bridge Group

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1986

1986

Longhurst grows steadily: By 1986 Longhurst has built 650 homes for rent in Lincolnshire and Kings Lynn and employed a team of 38 people with offices in Boston, Lincoln and Skegness

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1976

1976

Longhurst completes its first scheme at Lindis Court, Boston

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1971

1971

Longhurst is formed: Longhurst has been involved in housing in Boston since as early as 1971 when its founding member company, Longhurst Housing Association was formed.

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1956

1956

On 31st January 1956 Birmingham Friendship Housing Association was founded.

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