St George’s first for NI housing associations

Gordon Davidson of sponsor Ulster Bank  and NIFHA CEO Ben Collins
Gordon Davidson of sponsor Ulster Bank and NIFHA CEO Ben Collins

Northern Ireland’s first development and asset management convention is set to take place today at St. George’s Market during what has been describd as a “vitally important time for the housing sector”.

The event, which has been organised by the Northern Ireland Federation of Housing Associations (NIFHA), will combine a wide variety of exhibitions from construction, maintenance and product suppliers to the social and affordable housing sector distributed throughout the historical venue along with an impressive list of guest-speakers offering an insight into the key development and asset management issues.

“This is the first time an event like this has been organised in Northern Ireland and it comes at a crucially significant time for us as our members continue to strive to meet the challenges of constructing almost 1,600 new homes each year and maintaining our existing stock,” said NIFJA chief executive Ben Collins.

“The political instability in the local and European political environments has already impacted on the projected build targets for this year, however housing associations remain committed to meeting this challenge.

“This is a significant sector within Northern Ireland, with over £100 million invested in new homes each year, not to mention the numerous job roles created.”