Oxbode Housing Association, based in Gloucester, has announced that it is now part of the GreenSquare housing group.
Oxbode – a charitable industrial and provident society, set up in 1992 to develop, lease or acquire new housing for rent in the City of Gloucester – owns nearly 500 properties and manages a number on behalf of other housing associations, including 120 for GreenSquare. It has nine members of staff based at its offices in central Gloucester.
Oxbode's Board has agreed to join GreenSquare as a subsidiary and to be fully amalgamated into the Group within the next two years. "We’re delighted to be welcoming Oxbode into the GreenSquare group," said GreenSquare's group chief executive David Ashmore. "This is great news for both GreenSquare and for Oxbode – by coming together, we will be able to offer more high quality homes and services in Gloucestershire."
"Oxbode already has a really positive relationship with GreenSquare and for several years has been managing agent for many of their homes in Gloucestershire," said Jim Dickson, Oxbode chief executive. "We're excited to now be embarking on this new chapter as we formally join GreenSquare and look forward to new growth and new opportunities."
Formed in 2008, GreenSquare Group is a major provider of housing, regeneration, care and support and commercial services across Wiltshire, Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire. Its core business is building, managing and maintaining homes as well as supporting strong and stable communities. The Group already includes Oxford Citizens and Westlea housing associations, both of which began trading as 'GreenSquare' earlier this year.
As well as managing and improving its current 10,000 homes, GreenSquare is providing a range of new ones. These include homes for social and affordable rent, as well as homes for market rent and sale through its commercial subsidiary Oakus Estates and Haboakus, its joint venture with Kevin McCloud’s company Hab. It had already been announced that new homes for rent currently being developed by Haboakus at Cashes Green, Stroud, will be managed by Oxbode.