Three decades of serving our customers

bpha turned 30 this year

On 13 June 1990 bpha was born. We were established after tenants of North Bedfordshire Borough Council voted in favour of creating a new housing association to own and manage their homes.

That’s 30 years of serving communities, and 30 years of providing affordable homes that people can live happily in.

In 1990 we started out with 7,300 homes and, today, through a programme of investment we now have more than 19,000 properties. We began with a team of 70 people and have grown to become a leading local employer, with 460 staff delivering services to residents.

From a fledgling organisation 30 years ago, bpha has now developed into one of the largest housing associations in the area. We’d like to thank all our residents, partners and employees for their support over the years.

Our 30th year comes in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, and we’re mindful that this is a difficult time for everyone. Our focus remains on providing essential services and support to people living in our communities, while supporting staff to carry out their roles in a safe environment.

24 years in a bpha property

One of our longest standing residents, Judith Dow, moved into her home in 1996 with her partner (now husband), Geoffrey. Judith, who lives in St Ives, Cambridgeshire, says:

“Back in the 90s, we were really pleased to move into our terraced house in a quiet cul-de-sac in Burleigh Hill. This is the only bpha property on our road, the rest are owned or privately rented.

“We got married not long after moving in and have made some very happy memories here. My husband worked as HGV driver and is now retired. I’m still working part-time as a cleaner at the local primary school.

“Over the years we’ve found bpha to be a good landlord. There’s been the odd hiccup, but overall, we’ve had no problems. The house was built around the late 70s and it’s just the right size for us two. We’ve got a nice low maintenance garden and we enjoy growing flowers in pots and containers. I think we’ll be here for many years to come – unless we win the lottery that is!”

Remember 1990?

Here are a few highlights from 1990 – a year of change.

  • In February, Nelson Mandela is released from prison in South Africa after serving 27 years
  • Margaret Thatcher resigns as Prime Minister after more than 11 years in office
  • Bobby Robson’s England football team lose to West Germany in the semi final of the World Cup following in a penalty shootout
  • In August, a heat wave sees temperatures soar, with a peak of 37.1 °C (98.8 °F) recorded in Cheltenham
  • Channel Tunnel workers from the UK and France meet 40 metres beneath the English Channel, connecting the UK with mainland Europe
  • The Hubble Space Telescope goes into orbit, and revolutionises astronomy
  • Stephen Hendry becomes the youngest ever world snooker champion at 21
  • Blockbuster films like Ghost, Home Alone, Pretty Woman, Total Recall and Edward Scissorhands are released
  • The Ford Fiesta is the most popular car to buy this year and has since become Britain’s best-selling car ever
  • Baywatch makes its British television debut on ITV while the last ever episode of Miami Vice is shown on BBC1.