For the past five years, HS Property Group has been working collaboratively with a Blue Chip PLC – a leading provider of public services – to develop high quality accommodation for asylum seekers across the North West.
After the success of the current contract, the Home Office announced last month that it is awarding a new 10-year contract for this Blue Chip PLC – worth in the region of £2.9bn. This will include expanding its operations from the existing North West and adding the Midlands and the East of England to its portfolio.
In 2017, a report by charity, Refugee Action, revealed that 90% of asylum seekers were denied emergency support on entering the UK. There was an average wait of 58 days to receive any help, including housing, while their immigration status was pending.
The report highlights the need for temporary accommodation across the UK. By expanding our geographical presence in this new contract, we can help to provide more housing options for those who need provisional accommodation for a variety of reasons.
Currently, there are more than 200,000 properties that are empty on a long-term basis in the UK. At HS Property Group, we recognise the potential of these buildings as HMOs (Houses in Multiple Occupation) to ease the housing crisis and convert them into high-quality homes that can be used by individuals and families in need.
The lack of affordable housing is not a regional problem – it’s a national one and we are proud to bring our properties and development expertise to new regions, where we are confident we can make a difference to people’s lives.
To date, HS Property Group has been responsible for converting more than 150 properties across the North West, equating to over 600 bed spaces, for asylum seekers. In fact, we’ve worked collaboratively with this Blue Chip PLC in a number of key towns and cities spanning the region, including Salford, Oldham, Liverpool and the Wirral.
The opportunity to expand our operations into the Midlands and the East of England is a real company highlight. Our two co-founders and several other staff members studied in the Midlands at the University of Nottingham and University of Birmingham, adding additional personal significance to an already pertinent movement.
We’ve already been instrumental in delivering temporary housing across the North West – and having the means to do so on a national level is something that we aspire to in the short and long-term.
As HS is a sub-contractor, should the housing provider be terminated from their new contract for any reason during the period, then the leases we have created will all novate across to the Home Office for the remainder of their duration and on the same terms and conditions so that service can continue to be delivered.