Posted by: Closed Circuit22/06/2012
Everyone knows that in this day and age council housing is going for a song - and it was great to see delegates at the Chartered Institute of Housing conference joining in with the direction of travel last week.
Housing professionals were queuing up to show off their vocal skills at karaoke laid on at the Morrison Rocks music extravaganza at the Manchester-based event.
Star of the night was former CIH president Paul Diggory, who recreated Robert Palmer’s seminal video to ‘Addicted to Love’ while surrounded by a group of women on the stage.
Sadly, housing minister Grant Shapps was not on hand to demonstrate his much-boasted about karaoke rap skills - much to the disappointment of Closed Circuit.
Construction isn’t usually a sector renowned for its poetic side but Seddon Construction is aiming to change perceptions after appointing a resident poet.
Mike Garry, who has been appointed to write a history of the Bolton-based firm, has been wandering - possibly lonely as a cloud - o’er construction sites in search of inspiration. Mr Garry insists he wants to emphasise construction workers’ artistry. ‘I firmly believe they are sculptors and painters, it is just that their work is on show on a building site, rather than in a gallery.’
Closed Circuit wonders if the move will open the way for house builders and developing housing associations to apply to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport for grant instead of the Homes and Communities Agency.
It’s time for the housing sector to make up its mind: is there a silver bullet or isn’t there?
According to many a delegate at the Chartered Institute of Housing conference in Manchester last week, including G15 chair Keith Exford, there is no silver bullet to solve the housing crisis.
Try telling that to CIH chief executive Grainia Long and her chair Robin Lawler, both of whom said housing itself could be the silver bullet (to fix the economy, that is).
Closed Circuit, for what it’s worth, thinks, perhaps the sector would benefit from using a new metaphor.
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