The award puts the partnership homes specialist Lovell, which is based in Quinton and employs 227 people in the Midlands region, in the top 17 per cent of IIP-accredited organisations. The Investors in People standard is an internationally-recognised accreditation held by organisations who lead, manage and support people well.
Lovell is behind some of the most high-profile land-led residential developments in the region where it expects to complete 480 new homes this year. The sought-after IIP award was presented after an in-depth study of the way Lovell manages employees, supports them in the workplace and helps them sustain high levels of performance. The company performed so well in the IIP assessment – which followed the introduction of a more challenging appraisal process - that it will retain its Gold accreditation until 2021.
Paul Devoy, head of Investors in People, says: “We’d like to congratulate Lovell in the Midlands on achieving IIP Gold accreditation. Investors in People accreditation is the sign of a great employer, and an organisation's commitment to achieving success by realising the potential of their people. Lovell should be extremely proud of their achievement and of joining the top 17 per cent of IIP-accredited companies.”
Lovell regional managing director Stuart Penn comments: “The company’s achievement of IIP Gold status demonstrates the priority we place on supporting everyone who works for Lovell, enabling them to achieve the exceptional performance levels on which our business success is built. I’m delighted to see this recognised by the Investors in People assessors.”
The IIP report praised Lovell’s ‘many strengths’ highlighting its culture of openness and trust; employees’ embrace of the company’s customer-focused Service First core values; the high levels pride and passion displayed by teams and the development of digital working tools as a way of helping employees collaborate effectively and keep driving standards higher.
Current schemes by Lovell in the Midlands include Principal Point: a £29 million, 165-home scheme creating open market sale and affordable homes at Orleton Lane, Wellington, Shropshire, where construction started in February 2018.
At Priorslee, Telford, Lovell is building Queensbury Park, a £41 million development for Homes England which will create 220 homes, including homes for open market sale and affordable homes.
Work is continuing on a £9.7 million large-scale modernisation programme for Sandwell Council, involving the internal and external refurbishment of three 13-storey, 1960s tower blocks on the Lion Farm estate, Oldbury.