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HOUSING association First Wessex is celebrating after winning two awards for sustainability.

The Hampshire-based association won two ‘Shift’ honours, which recognise landlords’ efforts in reducing environmental impacts, lowering costs and improving the quality of life of residents.

They won a ‘best in class’ award for overall performance and a ‘lean and green’ accolade for environmental efforts.

Chief executive Peter Walters said: ‘We’re exceptionally delighted to win one of the UK’s most prestigious green awards.

‘Housing associations and residents find themselves under a great deal of pressure so it is essential we continue to take a long-term view of sustainability.

‘The benefits to our residents, staff and assets are clear and go far beyond just thinking about reducing the size of our carbon footprint.’

Director of assets and development John Barker said: ‘These awards are based on hard outcomes. It is not just the view of judges but a measurement of performance.’