Martin is a Chartered Building Surveyor with over 25 years’ experience in the social housing sector. After completing a Building Surveying Degree in 1988, Martin has worked for Hunter and Partners, Savills, Ridge and Partners LLP and Plus Dane Housing (a registered provider operating in the North West), where he was Head of Asset Management for seven years, managing a portfolio of over 13,000 homes.

He joined Rapleys in 2020 as a Senior Associate, leading the Housing Consultancy team which provides a comprehensive range of specialist asset management consultancy services to Local Authorities, Housing Associations, ALMO’s and other owners of residential housing portfolios across the UK.

Having worked in both public and private sectors, Martin uses his extensive experience of property asset management, financial business plan modelling, viability and sustainability assessments, stock condition surveys and energy efficiency to provide expert advice to clients with a full understanding of the regulatory, strategic and operational issues that define excellent and modern asset management practices.

Martin specialises in stock condition surveys and has completed some of the largest and most complex surveys to date in the UK. He works with clients to understand the nature and performance of their assets to deliver informed options appraisals, to determine and prioritise actions and ensure the portfolio is managed effectively, professionally and in alignment with business plans.

As published in The Planner on the 21 December

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Last week the government released the social housing lettings statistics for April 2019 to March 2020, as well as the English Housing Survey for 2019/20 – both hot on the heels of the social housing white paper. Martin Gladwin considers what they tell us about the state of the social housing sector and its role in meeting housebuilding targets.

The social housing sector has a vital role to play in the government’s ambition to deliver 300,000 new homes a year, yet at present the number of new social housing developments is well below target, with only a 3 per cent increase in stock over the past decade, despite a strong political impetus, a pressing need to tackle homelessness, and 1.15 million households already on local authority waiting lists as of this year.

Read the article in full here.

The Government published its Energy White Paper on 14 December 2020. The document determines how the UK will increase deployment of green energy sources in order to help meet the 2050 Net Zero Carbon target. 

Research shows that buildings in the UK are the second-largest source of carbon emissions and that 90% of homes in England rely on fossil fuels for heating, cooking and hot water. The cost of decarbonising the UK’s social housing stock by 2050 is estimated to be over £100 billion, nearly £3.4 billion per annum. As the sector continues to scale-up retrofit pilot schemes, integration of low carbon technologies in newbuilds and a wide range of other measures to increase SAP ratings, it is clear that social landlords’ asset management and development teams must prioritise delivery of the Net Zero Carbon agenda within their business plans now.

The Energy White Paper maps out how the Government intends to move the UK towards widescale adoption of clean energy over the next 10 years and beyond, both for existing and new buildings. It contains issues of key significance for the social housing sector, including:

  • Introduction of a Future Homes Standard by 2025 to ensure all new buildings are ‘Zero Carbon Ready’;
  • Consultation to determine if new homes built after 2025 should not be connected to the gas grid;
  • As many existing homes to reach EPC Band C as minimum by 2030;
  • Review of the current Decent Homes Standard to support achievement of the 2030 EPC Band C target;
  • £110m funding support for further retrofit pilot schemes and projects over the next 2 years;
  • Fuel Poverty Strategy for England to be released in early 2021;
  • Extended financial support to low income households via ECO funding and the Warm Homes Discount Scheme; and
  • Consultation to commence in 2021 on alternative fuel sources, emerging technologies and Heat Networks.

We know that Social Housing landlords are already investing significant resources and finances into meeting Building Safety and Compliance requirements, newbuild targets and continued repairs and maintenance work. Delivery of the Net Zero Carbon agenda is a massive challenge, but also an opportunity for the sector. It is vital that landlords develop plans using accurate information and expert advice to ensure they make the best decisions for residents and their business. Through our network of UK offices, Rapleys provide clients with expert Asset Management consultancy services. If we can be assistance, please contact Martin Gladwin, Head of Housing Consultancy.

The Government published the Social Housing White Paper on 17 November. This document contains significant proposals that will change how social landlords operate, including new powers to the Social Housing Regulator, new tenant engagement and satisfaction measures and improved complaints processes.

Asset management teams will need to consider how they will implement proposed 4-yearly property compliance inspections, the potential impact of mandatory installation of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to all properties, and how to respond to an increased focus on a wide range of building safety matters.

The White Paper also confirms that a full review of the Decent Homes Standard will commence in 2021, seeking to modernise and extend the Standard to include building safety and security, energy efficiency and green space provision.

We know that Social Housing landlords will be keen to proactively respond to these changes at the earliest opportunity. Through our network of UK offices, Rapleys provide clients with expert Asset Management consultancy services. If we can be assistance, please contact Martin Gladwin, Head of Housing Consultancy.