Notting Hill Housing at 50

Notting Hill Housing at 50 retraces our history, starting from the organisation’s foundation in the heart of Notting Hill in 1963 by Reverend Bruce Kenrick. We purchased our first property after just one month, in Blenheim Crescent. Now, 50 years later, Notting Hill Housing (NHH) manages over 28,000 homes across London and has helped over 5,000 first time buyers onto the property ladder.

This film charts the enormous influence of Notting Hill Housing over the last half-century and showcases NHH’s proud history of innovation, including pioneering Shared Ownership in the UK in 1980 - a move which has since been widely adopted by housing associations throughout the UK.

It also pays tribute to some of the people who have helped shape the organisation and key figures throughout our history, including NHH’s former chief executive John Coward.

The film was launched at a special screening at the historic Electric Cinema - just a street away from Blenheim Crescent - in February 2014, attended by the Mayors of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and Islington, local councillors, housing experts and supporters. The event also included a screening of British director Ken Loach’s seminal film, ‘Cathy Come Home’, which, when it was broadcast in 1966, did a great deal to raise public awareness of the housing crisis and homelessness.

David Lunts, Executive Director of Housing and Land at the Greater London Authority (GLA) who attended the event commented: “Two really moving films and a lovely venue. Reminded me that we need to recapture that sense of mission that spawned Notting Hill Housing all those years ago. It’s heartening though, to know that it’s in safe hands.”