Golden Gates Housing Trust

Golden Gates Housing Trust (GGHT) has more than 8,600 homes. It is the largest registered provider of Social Housing in Warrington, Cheshire.

GGHT was introduced to SIG by Wylex in 2013. There was very little space available in its standard consumer unit for conventional meters and modems so they needed a small footprint telemetry device.



SIG provided Golden Gates Housing Trust with the perfect solution. SIG is able to future proof their future requirements, such as controlled switching of appliance, based on renewable generation such as solar, etc, and if in the future line-side demand becomes a reality with utility companies, the technology is very much positioned to provide this functionality. SIG is now involved with a very large project which is government facing to help deliver smart grid applications through SIG technology.

GGHT was established in November 2010 when it took over ownership of homes from Warrington Borough Council. They provide a range of services to customers, which include repairs and maintenance and estate management. It is currently delivering a £105 million home improvement programme.


Golden Gates Housing Trust scooped a National Housing Innovation Award for the ‘Most Innovative Refurbishment/Regeneration Project’ in February 2015.

Award judges commented that the most innovative part of this project, pictured below before and after the transformation, was the development of the Smart Energy Share solar system, which allows tenants to share generated energy. SIG smart energy share was developed in partnership with GGHT who have been endorsing the product since its inception. With no PV sharing system available on the open market, award judges recognised its capacity to benefit social housing residents especially those vulnerable families and individuals in danger of, or experiencing fuel poverty.

The multi-million pound Alders Green project (pictured above) beat off stiff competition from the likes of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Athletes Village.

GGHT Chair, Roy Smith said: “We are immensely proud to have won the award, which is the culmination of a long term project that has embraced new technology for the benefit of our residents. The Alder Green scheme has totally transformed the area and this award shows our commitment to investing in local communities in Warrington.”

Cllr Kate Hannon, executive board member for leisure, community and culture at Warrington Borough Council, said: “I’m delighted [this scheme’s] success has been recognised. Winning this award is a credit to all those who have been involved in bringing this scheme to life and I’m so pleased with the benefits it will bring to our residents.”