Great Places Housing Group

Great Places Housing Group exists to improve the lives of the people living in our 24,000 homes across the North West and Yorkshire. We are much more than just a landlord, providing a wide-range of services and promoting partnership work to create vibrant, sustainable communities.

The Group, which is supported by approximately 600 colleagues across four regional offices (our Manchester head office, Oldham, Sheffield and Blackpool), encompasses:

  • Great Places Housing Association – providing general needs rented homes and tenancy services as well as accommodation and services that promote independence and wellbeing for some of society’s most vulnerable people.
  • Plumlife – an award-winning affordable home ownership company. Plumlife helps people to fulfil their home ownership dreams through Help to Buy schemes such as Shared Ownership as well as outright sale.
  • Cube – developing quality new homes for market sale and private rent.

Our history traces back to 1972; however, it was the merger of Manchester Methodist Housing Association and Ashiana Housing Association in 2006 that created Great Places Housing Group.

We are one of the fastest growing housing associations in the north of England and our growth is underpinned by a profit-for-purpose business model.

In 2019/20 we delivered 229 new homes with an additional 698 affordable new homes on-site, sold 258 homes for market sale and shared ownership, and invested £52M to build new homes. We invested a further £9M, which facilitated 2,491 programmed improvements to around 1,900 of our homes and have also spent over £8M in maintaining the condition of our customers’ homes.

Related Case Studies

Northfield, Manchester

Consultant: Wilkinson Cowan Partnership LTD

Contractor: ENGIE Regeneration Ltd

Client: Great Places Housing Group

Location: New Moston, Manchester

Number of houses: 20

Great Places delivered the 20-apartment scheme on Northfield Road in New Moston, which strikes a balance between the ability to provide bespoke care support for each resident, whilst promoting independent living.

Each apartment has its own bedroom and living room in addition to adaptable kitchen and wet room facilities, which provide flexible living arrangements...

Park Road, Bolton

Consultant: Markhams Ltd

Contractor: Vistry Partnerships North West

Client: Great Places Housing Group

Location: Bolton

Number of houses: 25

Park Road is a 100% affordable rent development in Little Lever, Bolton in a mix of 12no 2 beds and 13no 3 beds. The site is situated at the top of a hill and benefits from great views over Moses Gate Country Park and on to the West Pennines Moors.

Properties utilise the Innovation Chain North West standard house type layouts, and feedback from residents and our...

Related News Story

The renewal of ICN

October 5th, 2020

Helen Spencer, Director of Development at Great Places shares her thoughts and reflections and hard work that resulted in the renewed ICN...

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