What we do

We provide high quality, creative solutions to the varied and rapidly changing challenges facing organisations operating in housing and regeneration today.

Select a service area below to find out more.

Transformation, Technology & People

Sustainability

Corporate Treasury & Finance

Governance, Strategy & Viability

Property & Regeneration

International

Transformation, Technology & People

Strategy and insight

Working with clients to develop new corporate function-based strategies and developing new customer offers.

A core part of our work in this area is providing insight to support the development of new strategies, ways of working, and drive innovation. This includes working with boards and executive teams on horizon scanning activities, as well as bringing insight into best practice approaches and trends within and beyond the housing sector.

Target Operating Models

A TOM is a representation of how a service or company is organised to deliver its purpose and strategy. It sets out the capabilities required in an organisation, as well as the business case and roadmap for change.

We work with clients to develop TOMs at organisational and function levels in response to drivers such as cost reduction, channel shift, new technologies, sustainability, mergers, and preparation for growth, to enable performance improvement.

Find out more

Service review and design

Our service design work includes areas such as process review and re-design, organisation design, cost benchmarking, customer journey mapping.

Examples of our work in this area include:

  • Redesign of housing and finance functions to support the specification and procurement of new technology systems
  • Review of housing and repairs services for a local authority
  • Deep dive reviews into core services such as HR, Communications, Shared Owners and Customer Services to benchmark costs and identify improvements

Programme implementation

We support organisations through the full change process: the set-up and planning of new programmes, through to the delivery of specific projects and activities such as Project Management Offices (PMO), reviewing programme governance structures, developing the skills of in-house teams, supporting implementation, and independent assurance to board on the delivery. We can also provide interim expertise to support the delivery of change programmes across a range of disciplines including IT, HR, change, and culture.

HR advice

Strategic HR advice on issues such as mergers and growth, TUPE, organisational change, employee T&Cs, sensitive employee relations issues.

We offer independent advice and support on the review of reward at NED, Executive and staff levels.

Examples include:

  • Independent advisor to remuneration and nominations committee
  • Development of new deferred bonus reward strategy
  • Providing pay and benefits benchmarking for all posts in an organisation
  • Reviewing executive appraisal systems
  • Independent investigation into grievances/disciplinaries
  • Lead advisor on HR issues for merger

Culture and workforce planning

A core part of implementing change and ensuring strong performance is the pro-active development of organisation culture, values and behaviours.

We work with clients on culture and workforce planning activities, ranging from completing culture audits through to working with executive teams to define what future culture is required, and supporting culture change initiatives.

We support strategic workforce planning projects by working with clients to define what skills are required in the future workforce, completing gap analyses, and designing workforce development initiatives.

Technology implementation

We offer operational support for the delivery of technology-based activities.

These activities include:

  • Development of market-ready specifications for systems, infrastructure, and services
  • Support for IT procurement processes
  • Implementation management for systems and infrastructure including project design, data migration, testing, parallel running and go live
  • Systems and technical experts to support projects
  • Vendor management – systems and infrastructure providers, establishment of SLAs and KPIs
  • Data review and assessment including future data design principles, reduction in instances, improvement in quality

Technology strategy and development

Development of modern approaches to technology which enables the successful delivery of corporate and customer-based strategies.

Our work includes:

  • Development of IT strategies
  • ICT service reviews
  • Review and rationalisation of systems portfolio and development of systems architecture
  • Review and rationalisation of infrastructure services including data, telephony and contact centres and architecture design
  • Development of cloud migration strategies
  • Business case development including considerations of AI, robotics and IoT capabilities and cost benefit analysis assessment

Strategy and insight

Target Operating Models

Service review and design

Programme implementation

HR advice

Culture and workforce planning

Technology implementation

Technology strategy and development

Sustainability

Research and insights

Knowing what solutions are best for your organisation, cutting through the volume of data and approaches, can be tricky. Our sustainability experts can help you in assimilating key and relevant information based on your organisational profile.

We provide research and insights on:

  • Renewable technology
  • Retrofit approaches (PAS 2035 aligned)
  • Low carbon and energy efficient practices
  • Future gazing and proofing

Strategy development

Understanding where you are now and the journey to your end point is essential for a successful sustainability or net zero strategy. Our team can support your organisation to lay the foundations and create a meaningful sustainability strategy.

We can guide you with:

  • Organisational carbon accounting
  • Programme scoping and executive workshopping
  • Designing net zero and sustainability strategies
  • Decarbonisation roadmaps
  • ESG strategy development
  • Designing sustainable asset management strategies
  • Designing sustainable procurement strategies

Net zero change management

Once you have set the direction of your sustainability strategy, robust implementation is required. Our hybrid sustainability transformation consultants can support you with rolling out this change.

Our activities include:

  • Programming planning
  • Proactive PMO
  • Implementation support
  • Stakeholder engagement and behaviour change

Climate related risk management

We anticipate that the housing sector will adopt the Task Force of Climate Related Financial Disclosures principles. Being clear about your organisation’s exposure to climate related risks, the potential cost of damages, and mitigations will be essential future proofing. Insurers and lenders are starting to demand transparency on these matters.

Our sustainability risk management experts offer:

  • Organisational horizon scanning
  • Risk identification and mitigation
  • Climate related financial impact assessments
  • Governance, reporting and monitoring frameworks

Green finance solutions

The big question for the sector is how organisations will fund their net zero transformations. Government grants will not be sufficient and alternative solutions will be required. Our strategic financial planners can assist you in exploring alternative financing routes, from initial advice to accessing finance.

We can specially help you with:

Research and insights

Strategy development

Net zero change management

Climate related risk management

Green finance solutions

Corporate Treasury & Finance

Strategic financial reviews

We provide financial viability reviews for:

  • Whole organisations
  • Individual business streams
  • Supported housing providers
  • Care and support providers
  • Stock acquisition and disposals

Business planning

Our services include:

  • Brixx model building, review and validation, and training and support as a Brixx certified partner
  • Excel modelling (for new entrants, existing providers and local authorities and their local housing companies)
  • Housing Revenue Account modelling – partnering with Housing Finance Associates (for local authorities)
  • Stress testing, mitigations, and inflation impact evaluation
  • Board training and workshop sessions

Rents

We work with clients on:

  • Regulatory compliance
  • Rent setting and policies
  • Rent modelling and individual property rent calculations

Development appraisals

Our expertise includes:

  • Reviewing and benchmarking asset management assumptions
  • Providing Podplan development viability toolkits. Used by over 30 developing organisations across the country, Podplan helps housing providers, developers, and investors quickly understand the financial performance and viability of development projects, and quantify risks
  • Podplan is user-friendly, flexible and adaptable. It has evolved over time to become one of the most effective and reliable development appraisal toolkits available
Find out more

VfM and efficiency

We work with clients on value for money (VfM) processes which provide assurance of regulatory compliance, and design and develop the key elements to embed VfM.

Our services include:

  • VfM healthcheck and strategy design
  • Support with VfM regulatory compliance including VfM statement reviews and benchmarking support
  • Identifying VfM indicators
  • We partner with 4C, a sector procurement specialist

IDA preparation

We help organisations meet the regulator’s requirements by providing independent challenge and insight.

This includes:

  • IDA preparation and post IDA support
  • Risk management – review and support
  • Compliance reviews

Mergers and acquisitions

Our services include:

  • Pre and post-merger business planning
  • Due diligence
  • Treasury reviews

Strategic financial reviews

Business planning

Rents

Development appraisals

VfM and efficiency

IDA preparation

Mergers and acquisitions

Governance, Strategy & Viability

New entrants

If you are an organisation interested in pursuing registration with the Regulator of Social Housing as a registered provider, our specialist team can offer ample support.

Our service offer includes:

  • Advice on key requirements including relevant governance and policy development
  • Board development, training and skills assessment
  • Financial modelling, stress testing and business
  • Treasury strategy and funding
  • Application and regulatory engagement support throughout the process

For profit providers

We are highly experienced in aiding and guiding ‘for profit’ registered providers to navigate the regulatory framework, housing sector challenges, and business development opportunities.

Our services include:

  • Regulatory engagement
  • Sector updates
  • Development of control, risk management and assurance frameworks
  • Financial and stress test modelling
  • Governance support, including advice on investor/shareholder relationships
  • Strategy and business development opportunities, including joint venture arrangements and mergers and acquisitions
  • Treasury and corporate finance support

Governance and board effectiveness

Our expert and insightful reviews are a collaborative learning process which result in governance and board effectiveness improvements.

Activities include:

  • Full governance reviews
  • Document reviews
  • Board appraisals
  • Skills assessment
  • Board and executive dynamics
  • Digital governance tools specifically designed for the housing sector (Digi-Scoreboard governance survey and Altair Aptitude)
Find out more

Regulatory support

Our team have a breadth of skills, knowledge and experience that map across the regulatory standards. Our approach to regulatory support is to help organisations meet the Regulator’s requirements by providing independent challenge and insight.

Our services include:

  • Specialist reviews and investigations
  • Support with regulatory engagement
  • IDA preparation and post IDA support
  • Risk management – review and support
  • Compliance reviews
  • Regulatory returns – validation and review
  • Rent reviews and guidance
  • Value for Money health check

Mergers and acquisitions

Whether you are considering your future options, in early talks, or looking to enter a partnership, our experienced team can provide support.

Our expertise includes:

  • Initial options appraisal, including financial planning, stress testing, and lender exposures
  • Lead advisor/project management
  • Governance advisor
  • Recruitment advisor
  • Supporting the development of the outline and final business case
  • Due diligence overview and assurance
  • Treasury and growth strategy
  • Credit review rating

Board and committee development

Our activities include:

  • Board appraisal processes – design and support with delivery
  • Skills matrix design and assessment
  • Design and facilitation of away days and workshops (board, executive and senior teams)
  • Personality profiling (Lumina SparkTM) and workshops to explore the impact on effective board behaviours
  • Technical training delivery (webinar and in person) on a range of topics including risk management, health and safety and regulation
  • Skills training delivery – including effective support and challenge, inclusive behaviours and handling difficult situations

Strategy development, policy and research

Altair’s strategy development and research offering combines top-level housing sector expertise with practical analysis and financial modelling to help you stay ahead, ensuring you have the assurance you need to develop and implement effective, data-driven strategies and policies.

We publish evidence-based research findings and provide sector insights, thought leadership, and innovation. Our policy and insight work has led to changes to legislation, policy, and corporate strategies.

Consumer regulation

Ensuring that consumer regulations are met has always been core to the provision of housing services. The current changes to legislation mean that this is now a critical consideration.

Our services include:

  • Compliance reviews and design of compliant processes
  • Review of structures focussed on tenant feedback into governance processes
  • Assurance over consultation processes
  • Review and design of complaints and feedback handling processes

New entrants

For profit providers

Governance and board effectiveness

Regulatory support

Mergers and acquisitions

Board and committee development

Strategy development, policy and research

Consumer regulation

Property & Regeneration

Regeneration and development

We offer professional resource to registered providers, local authorities, and developers through interim placements and project work throughout all stages of the development lifecycle.

We create regeneration strategies for new homes and places, providing expertise to generate positive outcomes for neighbourhoods and communities.

We lead both large scale, cross boundary regeneration programmes and initiatives, as well as small infill site projects for clients, identifying opportunities to make the most of infill sites and redundant assets.

Development viability

We undertake financial viability assessments for local authority and developer clients to support the planning process with clear and robust reports.

We run development and options appraisals based on proposed developments including financial modelling.

Policy and programme management

We offer management programmes for housing associations and developing local authority clients across the UK and internationally. Our development procedures help clients govern and manage projects through our established Gateway process.

Land services and new business

We advise and act on behalf of clients on:

  • Opportunity identification
  • Negotiation
  • Acquisition and disposals for residential, mixed use and regeneration opportunities

We adapt our services to our clients’ requirements, ensuring they remain aware of the financial value and risks of any new project or opportunity.

Technical support and building safety

We help clients with:

Our new digital tool, DynamicAIM, revolutionises the way building data is captured and managed; and helps ensure compliance.

Find out more

Podplan

Podplan is a user-friendly, flexible and adaptable viability toolkit that helps housing providers, developers and investors quickly understand the financial performance and viability of development projects and quantify risk.

It has evolved over time to become one of the most effective and reliable development appraisal toolkits available, and is used by over 30 developing organisations across the country.

Regeneration and development

Development viability

Policy and programme management

Land services and new business

Technical support and building safety

Podplan

International

Housing finance

We work with clients to develop new approaches to funding the supply of affordable housing and widening access to it.

Our activities include:

Market analysis

Our highly adaptable approach to market research provides clients with a comprehensive, detailed picture of a country’s housing sector and it’s wider environment.

We deploy a range of research methods:

  • Desktop review
  • Stakeholder interviews
  • Focus groups
  • Household surveys
  • Site visits

Our market analysis methods can be used to inform the development of public policy, investment decisions, and other interventions.

Policy development

We work with national governments, international organisations, financial institutions, local authorities, NGOs, and other actors to devise effective and innovative policy solutions to the housing crisis.

Sustainability

We believe that housing solutions must be environmentally sustainable as well as affordable.

We work closely with clients to:

  • Design and implement ambitious yet achievable energy efficiency (EE) building codes and guidelines
  • Enhance the capacity of stakeholders to collect and monitor EE data
  • Promote the use of low-emissions construction materials
  • Tie together the principles of affordability and sustainability, e.g. offering “green” low-cost mortgages, with discounts on interest rates, for homes with a high energy performance rating

Transformation

We hold a strong track record of advising clients on the creation and transformation of financial vehicles, housing management companies, and other institutions.

Our experience in transformation includes:

  • Leading on the design of organisational objectives, governance structures and staffing models
  • Aiding governments in creating Special-Purpose Vehicles for property development
  • Setting up a new management company to oversee the development of 50,000 affordable, environmentally friendly homes

Business planning

We provide business planning and financial modelling services for a range of clients.

For example, using the software tool Brixx, a project in Rwanda required a detailed financial model to explore funding options for developing an estate of 2600 affordable, environmentally sustainable homes.

Find out more

Housing finance

Market analysis

Policy development

Sustainability

Transformation

Business planning

Transformation, Technology & People
Strategy and insight

Working with clients to develop new corporate function-based strategies and developing new customer offers.

A core part of our work in this area is providing insight to support the development of new strategies, ways of working, and drive innovation. This includes working with boards and executive teams on horizon scanning activities, as well as bringing insight into best practice approaches and trends within and beyond the housing sector.

Target Operating Models

A TOM is a representation of how a service or company is organised to deliver its purpose and strategy. It sets out the capabilities required in an organisation, as well as the business case and roadmap for change.

We work with clients to develop TOMs at organisational and function levels in response to drivers such as cost reduction, channel shift, new technologies, sustainability, mergers, and preparation for growth, to enable performance improvement.

Find out more
Service review and design

Our service design work includes areas such as process review and re-design, organisation design, cost benchmarking, customer journey mapping.

Examples of our work in this area include:

  • Redesign of housing and finance functions to support the specification and procurement of new technology systems
  • Review of housing and repairs services for a local authority
  • Deep dive reviews into core services such as HR, Communications, Shared Owners and Customer Services to benchmark costs and identify improvements
Programme implementation

We support organisations through the full change process: the set-up and planning of new programmes, through to the delivery of specific projects and activities such as Project Management Offices (PMO), reviewing programme governance structures, developing the skills of in-house teams, supporting implementation, and independent assurance to board on the delivery. We can also provide interim expertise to support the delivery of change programmes across a range of disciplines including IT, HR, change, and culture.

HR advice

Strategic HR advice on issues such as mergers and growth, TUPE, organisational change, employee T&Cs, sensitive employee relations issues.

We offer independent advice and support on the review of reward at NED, Executive and staff levels.

Examples include:

  • Independent advisor to remuneration and nominations committee
  • Development of new deferred bonus reward strategy
  • Providing pay and benefits benchmarking for all posts in an organisation
  • Reviewing executive appraisal systems
  • Independent investigation into grievances/disciplinaries
  • Lead advisor on HR issues for merger
Culture and workforce planning

A core part of implementing change and ensuring strong performance is the pro-active development of organisation culture, values and behaviours.

We work with clients on culture and workforce planning activities, ranging from completing culture audits through to working with executive teams to define what future culture is required, and supporting culture change initiatives.

We support strategic workforce planning projects by working with clients to define what skills are required in the future workforce, completing gap analyses, and designing workforce development initiatives.

Technology implementation

We offer operational support for the delivery of technology-based activities.

These activities include:

  • Development of market-ready specifications for systems, infrastructure, and services
  • Support for IT procurement processes
  • Implementation management for systems and infrastructure including project design, data migration, testing, parallel running and go live
  • Systems and technical experts to support projects
  • Vendor management – systems and infrastructure providers, establishment of SLAs and KPIs
  • Data review and assessment including future data design principles, reduction in instances, improvement in quality
Technology strategy and development

Development of modern approaches to technology which enables the successful delivery of corporate and customer-based strategies.

Our work includes:

  • Development of IT strategies
  • ICT service reviews
  • Review and rationalisation of systems portfolio and development of systems architecture
  • Review and rationalisation of infrastructure services including data, telephony and contact centres and architecture design
  • Development of cloud migration strategies
  • Business case development including considerations of AI, robotics and IoT capabilities and cost benefit analysis assessment
Sustainability
Research and insights

Knowing what solutions are best for your organisation, cutting through the volume of data and approaches, can be tricky. Our sustainability experts can help you in assimilating key and relevant information based on your organisational profile.

We provide research and insights on:

  • Renewable technology
  • Retrofit approaches (PAS 2035 aligned)
  • Low carbon and energy efficient practices
  • Future gazing and proofing
Strategy development

Understanding where you are now and the journey to your end point is essential for a successful sustainability or net zero strategy. Our team can support your organisation to lay the foundations and create a meaningful sustainability strategy.

We can guide you with:

  • Organisational carbon accounting
  • Programme scoping and executive workshopping
  • Designing net zero and sustainability strategies
  • Decarbonisation roadmaps
  • ESG strategy development
  • Designing sustainable asset management strategies
  • Designing sustainable procurement strategies
Net zero change management

Once you have set the direction of your sustainability strategy, robust implementation is required. Our hybrid sustainability transformation consultants can support you with rolling out this change.

Our activities include:

  • Programming planning
  • Proactive PMO
  • Implementation support
  • Stakeholder engagement and behaviour change
Climate related risk management

We anticipate that the housing sector will adopt the Task Force of Climate Related Financial Disclosures principles. Being clear about your organisation’s exposure to climate related risks, the potential cost of damages, and mitigations will be essential future proofing. Insurers and lenders are starting to demand transparency on these matters.

Our sustainability risk management experts offer:

  • Organisational horizon scanning
  • Risk identification and mitigation
  • Climate related financial impact assessments
  • Governance, reporting and monitoring frameworks
Green finance solutions

The big question for the sector is how organisations will fund their net zero transformations. Government grants will not be sufficient and alternative solutions will be required. Our strategic financial planners can assist you in exploring alternative financing routes, from initial advice to accessing finance.

We can specially help you with:

Corporate Treasury & Finance
Strategic financial reviews

We provide financial viability reviews for:

  • Whole organisations
  • Individual business streams
  • Supported housing providers
  • Care and support providers
  • Stock acquisition and disposals
Business planning

Our services include:

  • Brixx model building, review and validation, and training and support as a Brixx certified partner
  • Excel modelling (for new entrants, existing providers and local authorities and their local housing companies)
  • Housing Revenue Account modelling – partnering with Housing Finance Associates (for local authorities)
  • Stress testing, mitigations, and inflation impact evaluation
  • Board training and workshop sessions
Rents

We work with clients on:

  • Regulatory compliance
  • Rent setting and policies
  • Rent modelling and individual property rent calculations
Development appraisals

Our expertise includes:

  • Reviewing and benchmarking asset management assumptions
  • Providing Podplan development viability toolkits. Used by over 30 developing organisations across the country, Podplan helps housing providers, developers, and investors quickly understand the financial performance and viability of development projects, and quantify risks
  • Podplan is user-friendly, flexible and adaptable. It has evolved over time to become one of the most effective and reliable development appraisal toolkits available
Find out more
VfM and efficiency

We work with clients on value for money (VfM) processes which provide assurance of regulatory compliance, and design and develop the key elements to embed VfM.

Our services include:

  • VfM healthcheck and strategy design
  • Support with VfM regulatory compliance including VfM statement reviews and benchmarking support
  • Identifying VfM indicators
  • We partner with 4C, a sector procurement specialist
IDA preparation

We help organisations meet the regulator’s requirements by providing independent challenge and insight.

This includes:

  • IDA preparation and post IDA support
  • Risk management – review and support
  • Compliance reviews
Mergers and acquisitions

Our services include:

  • Pre and post-merger business planning
  • Due diligence
  • Treasury reviews
Governance, Strategy & Viability
New entrants

If you are an organisation interested in pursuing registration with the Regulator of Social Housing as a registered provider, our specialist team can offer ample support.

Our service offer includes:

  • Advice on key requirements including relevant governance and policy development
  • Board development, training and skills assessment
  • Financial modelling, stress testing and business
  • Treasury strategy and funding
  • Application and regulatory engagement support throughout the process
For profit providers

We are highly experienced in aiding and guiding ‘for profit’ registered providers to navigate the regulatory framework, housing sector challenges, and business development opportunities.

Our services include:

  • Regulatory engagement
  • Sector updates
  • Development of control, risk management and assurance frameworks
  • Financial and stress test modelling
  • Governance support, including advice on investor/shareholder relationships
  • Strategy and business development opportunities, including joint venture arrangements and mergers and acquisitions
  • Treasury and corporate finance support
Governance and board effectiveness

Our expert and insightful reviews are a collaborative learning process which result in governance and board effectiveness improvements.

Activities include:

  • Full governance reviews
  • Document reviews
  • Board appraisals
  • Skills assessment
  • Board and executive dynamics
  • Digital governance tools specifically designed for the housing sector (Digi-Scoreboard governance survey and Altair Aptitude)
Find out more
Regulatory support

Our team have a breadth of skills, knowledge and experience that map across the regulatory standards. Our approach to regulatory support is to help organisations meet the Regulator’s requirements by providing independent challenge and insight.

Our services include:

  • Specialist reviews and investigations
  • Support with regulatory engagement
  • IDA preparation and post IDA support
  • Risk management – review and support
  • Compliance reviews
  • Regulatory returns – validation and review
  • Rent reviews and guidance
  • Value for Money health check
Mergers and acquisitions

Whether you are considering your future options, in early talks, or looking to enter a partnership, our experienced team can provide support.

Our expertise includes:

  • Initial options appraisal, including financial planning, stress testing, and lender exposures
  • Lead advisor/project management
  • Governance advisor
  • Recruitment advisor
  • Supporting the development of the outline and final business case
  • Due diligence overview and assurance
  • Treasury and growth strategy
  • Credit review rating
Board and committee development

Our activities include:

  • Board appraisal processes – design and support with delivery
  • Skills matrix design and assessment
  • Design and facilitation of away days and workshops (board, executive and senior teams)
  • Personality profiling (Lumina SparkTM) and workshops to explore the impact on effective board behaviours
  • Technical training delivery (webinar and in person) on a range of topics including risk management, health and safety and regulation
  • Skills training delivery – including effective support and challenge, inclusive behaviours and handling difficult situations
Strategy development, policy and research

Altair’s strategy development and research offering combines top-level housing sector expertise with practical analysis and financial modelling to help you stay ahead, ensuring you have the assurance you need to develop and implement effective, data-driven strategies and policies.

We publish evidence-based research findings and provide sector insights, thought leadership, and innovation. Our policy and insight work has led to changes to legislation, policy, and corporate strategies.

Consumer regulation

Ensuring that consumer regulations are met has always been core to the provision of housing services. The current changes to legislation mean that this is now a critical consideration.

Our services include:

  • Compliance reviews and design of compliant processes
  • Review of structures focussed on tenant feedback into governance processes
  • Assurance over consultation processes
  • Review and design of complaints and feedback handling processes
Property & Regeneration
Regeneration and development

We offer professional resource to registered providers, local authorities, and developers through interim placements and project work throughout all stages of the development lifecycle.

We create regeneration strategies for new homes and places, providing expertise to generate positive outcomes for neighbourhoods and communities.

We lead both large scale, cross boundary regeneration programmes and initiatives, as well as small infill site projects for clients, identifying opportunities to make the most of infill sites and redundant assets.

Development viability

We undertake financial viability assessments for local authority and developer clients to support the planning process with clear and robust reports.

We run development and options appraisals based on proposed developments including financial modelling.

Policy and programme management

We offer management programmes for housing associations and developing local authority clients across the UK and internationally. Our development procedures help clients govern and manage projects through our established Gateway process.

Land services and new business

We advise and act on behalf of clients on:

  • Opportunity identification
  • Negotiation
  • Acquisition and disposals for residential, mixed use and regeneration opportunities

We adapt our services to our clients’ requirements, ensuring they remain aware of the financial value and risks of any new project or opportunity.

Technical support and building safety

We help clients with:

Our new digital tool, DynamicAIM, revolutionises the way building data is captured and managed; and helps ensure compliance.

Find out more
Podplan

Podplan is a user-friendly, flexible and adaptable viability toolkit that helps housing providers, developers and investors quickly understand the financial performance and viability of development projects and quantify risk.

It has evolved over time to become one of the most effective and reliable development appraisal toolkits available, and is used by over 30 developing organisations across the country.

International
Housing finance

We work with clients to develop new approaches to funding the supply of affordable housing and widening access to it.

Our activities include:

Market analysis

Our highly adaptable approach to market research provides clients with a comprehensive, detailed picture of a country’s housing sector and it’s wider environment.

We deploy a range of research methods:

  • Desktop review
  • Stakeholder interviews
  • Focus groups
  • Household surveys
  • Site visits

Our market analysis methods can be used to inform the development of public policy, investment decisions, and other interventions.

Policy development

We work with national governments, international organisations, financial institutions, local authorities, NGOs, and other actors to devise effective and innovative policy solutions to the housing crisis.

Sustainability

We believe that housing solutions must be environmentally sustainable as well as affordable.

We work closely with clients to:

  • Design and implement ambitious yet achievable energy efficiency (EE) building codes and guidelines
  • Enhance the capacity of stakeholders to collect and monitor EE data
  • Promote the use of low-emissions construction materials
  • Tie together the principles of affordability and sustainability, e.g. offering “green” low-cost mortgages, with discounts on interest rates, for homes with a high energy performance rating
Transformation

We hold a strong track record of advising clients on the creation and transformation of financial vehicles, housing management companies, and other institutions.

Our experience in transformation includes:

  • Leading on the design of organisational objectives, governance structures and staffing models
  • Aiding governments in creating Special-Purpose Vehicles for property development
  • Setting up a new management company to oversee the development of 50,000 affordable, environmentally friendly homes
Business planning

We provide business planning and financial modelling services for a range of clients.

For example, using the software tool Brixx, a project in Rwanda required a detailed financial model to explore funding options for developing an estate of 2600 affordable, environmentally sustainable homes.

Find out more

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