Things you didn’t know about Altair?

Here’s a number of areas we are involved in that you may not be aware of…

We’re listed on the London Stock Exchange, but work with some of the smallest housing organisations across the country.

Altair is part of the listed Aquila Services Group PLC, a group of companies that include ATFS (Aquila Treasury and Finance Solutions Ltd) – a specialist FCA accredited Treasury and Finance company. Steve Douglas and Fiona Underwood are the Co-Chief Executives of Aquila and David Mairs is the Managing Director of ATFS.  Being a listed company gives Altair both financial and resource strength in depth. This means that we have a strong ability to react to customer needs through our 50 permanent employees supported by a core of 20 specialist Associates. Find out more about Our Team.

Altair works across the Sector.

We have worked with over 250 housing association clients, many of whom have worked with us since the company first formed 7 years ago. We have worked with a range of local authorities including Manchester, Westminster City Council and currently Birmingham, plus some of the smallest district councils across the country. We also work extensively with the Arms Length Management sector and increasingly with private sector partners seeking to understand the rules of working in a regulated sector. Find out more about why our clients value Altair by visiting our clients Testimonials

We do development delivery, as well as strategy.

Our property stream, now headed by the team from pod Development Consultants, who joined the Group in November 2017,  includes development project managers, fire risk assessors, as well as senior department Heads and Directors. They are advising on all things development and investment – from site finding through to scheme project management. See what our Property Team can do for you

Aquila Treasury and Finance Solutions (ATFS) deliver what it says in the title.

We are one of the leading practitioners of BRIXX- the financial business planning tool used by the majority of the sector. We also run podplan, the development appraisal toolkit used by many developing housing associations, local authorities and private sector developers. podplan delivers

  • Stress test plans
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Help on organisations on  budgeting
  • Help on financial policies
  • Reviews on delegations and controls

To find out more and arrange for a demonstration of what podplan can do for you click here

We publish reports that have influence.

Over the past 7 years, we have been commissioned to undertake research and reviews that have had a direct impact on how the sector does business. These have ranged from the lessons learnt from the near collapse of Cosmopolitan Housing Association through to the recent “Altair Review of Diversity of Leadership” within the sector. They have also included :

  • Reviews of small HAs
  • Large scale voluntary transfer organisations
  • ALMOs
  • BME Associations
  • The Chartered Institute of Housing
  • The Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

To download these and many others visit our website

We provide advice that has influence.

The team at Altair are regularly asked to provide views to organisations facing change, challenge or just thinking strategically.

Chris Wood, one of the Group’s founding partners is a commissioner on the Grenfell Taskforce.

Steve Douglas is on the Commission looking at the Future Shape of the sector and has been a commissioner on the Housing Commission for the North.

Visit Our Team to find out more about our expertise

We work across the UK and internationally.

We work across all regions of England, and are currently working on significant projects in the North East, South West, Midlands, as well as London and the South East.

We have an extensive presence in Wales, Scotland and Ireland and through our Altair Africa initiative, we have been commissioned to undertake major studies in Rwanda and Nigeria

The sector is changing. The statistics are huge. We have over 25 million homes in the UK, with a value of over £7 trillion. The public sector spend is over £28 billion. The challenge is massive.

But whatever challenge you are facing, whether it is growth, change, or just ensuring resilience – we are here to help.

We look forward to working with you

The Team at Altair