The Guinness Partnership joins G15

We are pleased to announce that The Guinness Partnership, one of the oldest housing associations in England, has joined the G15.

Originally founded in 1890, the Guinness Partnership has more than 140,000 customers across the country, living in almost 65,000 homes. The organisation was founded to improve people’s lives and create possibilities for them, and this remains its purpose today.

With Guinness joining the G15, the group now provides 715,000 homes across the country.

Geeta Nanda OBE, G15 Chair and Chief Executive of MTVH, said:

“I’m delighted that The Guinness Partnership will be joining G15. Guinness brings a wealth of experience and commitment to social housing, and has a strong connection to London going back over more than 100 years. Catriona will be a real asset to the group too, and Guinness’s expertise in many areas will be a welcome addition to a group that is now responsible for over 715,000 homes across the country.

“With multiple challenges and opportunities facing residents and our organisations, having Guinness on board will mean we have a bigger voice with government and others through which to make the case for supporting social and affordable housing.”

Catriona Simons, Group CEO of The Guinness Partnership, commented:

“We are very pleased to have joined the G15 group of London landlords and to have the opportunity to contribute to the important work it does. Guinness’s roots are in London – our first homes were built here over 130 years ago, and we have been providing affordable homes in the capital ever since. The nature of housing need may have changed since we were created, but it is just as acute.

“The social and economic challenges faced today, and the implications for housing associations and our residents, mean the role and social purpose of housing associations have never been more important. We look forward to working with G15 colleagues to collectively respond to the challenges facing our residents and the housing sector.”

The Guinness Partnership invests in wide range of social investment activities, giving residents access to opportunities to develop their careers, learn, or support their communities. Most of Guinness’s homes, around 80%, are for rent at prices lower than those charged in the private market – and on terms which offer far greater security. The remainder are either low-cost home ownership or leasehold homes.

The development of as many high-quality homes as possible is central to Guinness’s vision. Under its Strategic Partnerships with Homes England and the Greater London Authority, The Guinness Partnership will deliver a total of 6,350 new homes by 2029. It aims to deliver an additional 950 homes outside the Strategic Partnership commitments. Receiving over £32m in funding through the 2021-2026 Homes for Londoners programme, Guinness is delivering a number of significant affordable housing-led schemes in the city, including:

  • Leaside Lock, Tower Hamlets – 965 homes, 447 affordable (46.3%)
  • Signal Park, Kingston upon Thames – 950 homes, 492 affordable (51.8%)
  • Silvertown, Newham - 721 homes, 721 affordable (100%).