02/12/2020 • Awards

2020 in review: one culture, three big awards

We’re not big on blowing our own trumpet – but we’re always proud when others recognise our people, our culture and our quality. As 2020 draws to a close, we’re reflecting on another exceptional year for our people and our places. Read more below.

We were quick out of the blocks this year. 2020 started with The Silk District in Whitechapel raising the bar for the whole construction industry by bagging another record-setting score for a Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS) site assessment.

The site equalled its 2019 site inspection score – the highest ever score in 22 years of the CCS – and received the highest possible marks across the scheme’s key codes of considerate practice.

The inspector called The Silk District’s site “truly exceptional”, and “amongst the very best currently in London”. The report also noted the site’s people focus, praising its community initiatives and focus on workforce wellbeing. Read all about it here.

That focus on creating environments where exceptional people do their best work was celebrated again at Mind’s Workplace Wellbeing Index Awards in May, where we were named Number One Gold Employer – the top-ranked employer from any sector at this year’s event.

This was the fourth year of the awards, which benchmark best practice for supporting physical and mental wellbeing for employers across industries. It’s an award that we couldn’t be prouder of – read more about the awards and what the judges had to say here

We prioritise our people’s health and wellbeing because it’s the right thing to do. We also know that exceptional people working in the right culture create quality homes and drive great results and last month our quiver of 2020 silverware closed the loop on that belief, as we were named this year’s Housebuilder of the Year at the Building Awards. 

This highly anticipated and hotly contested annual awards is known as the Oscars of the construction industry and saw Mount Anvil step up to the (virtual) podium to collect a truly top-flight award celebrating the quality of our homes. The importance of our culture in creating those homes wasn’t missed by the judges, who noted that our people “act like business owners” and are all-in on London. If you missed it the first time, find out why the award really belongs to our people and our partners here.

For us, 2020 has been a year that has recognised and celebrated what we already knew – that unusual results start with an unusual culture.

We’ve never been shy about sharing our culture’s magic formula: we find exceptional people, and we give them the space, responsibility and resources to do their best work. Then we set goals that push us forwards, and constantly reflect on how we’re doing. 

We’re relentless about being better – always learning, forever raising the bar for London and for the industry.

It’s that tireless focus on people, culture and quality that allows us to create outstanding places. Places that Londoners thrive in, that leave a positive legacy in the city we love, and yes – that mean we have to keep finding space on the mantlepiece for new awards. Roll on 2021.

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