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22 March 2021 | Firm News | Article by Richard Macphail

Hugh James helps support ambitious drive to deliver new homes in North Wales

Hugh James has been appointed to two separate frameworks for housing associations in North Wales to provide advice and support as they work towards meeting national targets to deliver 20,000 new affordable homes by late Spring 2021.

Social housing providers, Adra and Cartrefi Conwy have independently appointed Hugh James as legal advisers to support on matters including Property, Development, Housing Management and Employment. Adra’s framework will run from January 2021 for a period of up to 4 years. Cartrefi Conwy’s framework is open to use by other bodies, including Hugh James’ longstanding client Grwp Cynefin.

The firm’s ability to deliver services through the medium of Welsh means that it can provide support to clients who use the Welsh language internally, as well as with their tenants.

Hugh James has over 3 decades of experience supporting the sector in Wales and beyond, on large and small projects, such as advising on the Welsh Housing Partnership and the largest carbon neutral development in the UK. It has also recently supported Newydd Housing Association throughout its ambitious development within the Goodsheds in Barry – the UK’s first urban street project. Other projects include Linc Cymru’s wellness village in Bridgend and Cardiff Community Housing Association’s regeneration of the Maelfa Shopping Centre.

North Wales has established itself as a leading innovator in the social housing sector. Housing Associations have collaborated with each other and with public sector bodies on a range of transformative schemes to help build thriving communities that will reflect future needs.

Commenting on the new contract agreements, Richard Macphail Head of the Hugh James Social Housing team, said today:

“The social housing sector in North Wales is making some impressive strides in building communities and affordable, quality homes for the people who live there. At Hugh James, we’re passionate about helping to secure a healthy society and a sustainable future and our work in north Wales is an important part of this. We’re proud to be working with these leading Housing Associations and supporting some innovative and vital projects for the area. We hope our experience and strong track record will add value to their efforts in providing the very best homes and services to communities in north Wales.”

Iwan Trefor Jones, Adra Deputy Chief Executive said:

“Adra is continuing to grow as a company and has a clear ambition to be the leading provider of quality, affordable and sustainable homes in North Wales. We look forward to work in partnership with Hugh James to deliver our objectives and create positive change in communities across the region.”

Andrew Bowden, Group Chief Executive Cartrefi said:

Cartrefi Conwy is pleased to welcome the Hugh James team onto our Legal Services framework. Our legal advisors play a key role in helping us find effective solutions to ensure we achieve our ambitions by doing what is right, being innovative and delivering quality services.

Shan Lloyd Williams, Grŵp Cynefin Chief Executive said:

“Providing good quality affordable housing is one of Grŵp Cynefin’s key aims in making a positive difference to lives and communities. Working with partners who share our vision and values is crucial to achieving our aims and is a great opportunity to deliver value for money. We look forward to continue working with Hugh James.”

For more information, please visit the Social Housing team page.

Author bio

Richard is a Partner in our Commercial Property team based in London. Richard has a broad general commercial property experience including advising on landlord and tenant matters, acquisitions and disposals, estate management work and secured lending on behalf of lenders. Richard also specialises in acting for both landowners and mineral and aggregates operating companies on the management and extraction of mineral deposits.

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