This project required data and behavioural innovation to tackle one of today's most important issues


Key facts

  • Newham Council are on track to develop over 1,000 social rented homes over a four-year programme, the largest such programme in London. 

  • The Mayor of London backed this programme with £107m of funding.

Project Objective 


  • To accelerate delivery of a £300m affordable housing programme

  • To create a programme management system that brought more rigorous standards and assurance

Our Impact

  • We delivered a programme business plan to invest the £300m

  • We accelerated delivery by introducing PowerBi, a state of the art Project Portfolio Management system, and new governance systems and reporting controls

Inner Circle’s team acted as the Director's core delivery team. We re-profiled and accelerated delivery of the programme and gave definition to proposed development sites, including high level assessment of capacity, key risks and issues (title, planning, ground conditions, etc.).


Our development strategy and business plan included viability and deliverability assessment. We created a timetable to ensure GLA funding outcomes were met. The programme business plan included full cashflow, deliverable within the financing/HRA envelope.


Our data scientist created a system using Power BI to amalgamate disparate systems into clear visualisation for senior managers and the Mayor. This aided decision-making and has helped accelerate delivery.


Inner Circle managed the associated organisational transformation process smoothly and helped the director gain full buy-in to the new systems.

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“ICC was instrumental in developing the reporting platforms and processes for the Council’s new £380m affordable homes programme. Their team engaged effectively with the Council’s internal IT stakeholders and utilised software and systems that the Council already had but wasn’t using to full effect. This approach was a first for us and really helped to build confidence amongst councillors and other senior stakeholders. The dashboards remain a key resource for the team in enabling delivery of this complex programme."
Dan Hill, Director of Community Wealth Building, London Borough of Newham


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