Making Newham Home

We build high-quality, energy-efficient and sustainable homes for private or affordable rent.

About Populo

Populo is Newham Council's wholly owned housing company. We are making Newham home for everyone. We are designing and building better homes and places.

Our environmentally friendly developments will become communities and strengthen existing ones. All Populo residents will enjoy excellent standards of design and attention to detail.

Together with Newham Council, we are focused on the need to deliver for Newham’s diverse residents. This long-term commitment means that our exceptional customer service and commitment to you, and Newham, is here to stay.

We’re growing fast – the Populo Living Group now has 795 homes with 75 more currently in construction. 251 of these homes are managed by Populo homes, our social housing provider; following our pledge to build affordable homes for Newham.

The Populo Living Group

The Populo Living Group consists of three companies:

  • Populo Living – managing homes to rent and for shared ownership on the open market
  • Populo Homes – our registered social provider business, managing high quality genuinely affordable social homes in Newham
  • Populo Design & Build – the business overseeing design and construction, working with partners and suppliers

All the companies share the same vision and values. Populo’s funding for developments is subject to the approval, overview and scrutiny of Newham Council’s Cabinet.

Our Values

We do things better:
We are constantly learning and seeking to improve things. We believe that people in Newham should enjoy the best possible design, build and management standards. We innovate in order to create and deliver quality homes responsibly and sustainably. We look for ways to deliver the best quality we can while ensuring value for money.

We care:
‘Populo’ means ‘with the people’ – we put people first. We engage with our residents and each other because we know that Newham is its diverse people, and our success depends on both our team and our residents. We’re dedicated, passionate and believe that what we do matters.

We create community:
Newham should be home for everyone that wants to live here. We include, involve, and support existing communities and create strong new ones. We’re committed to providing an attractive and more sustainable built environment; we want local communities to thrive. We’re here for the long- term and are planning for the future.

Our plans

By 2025, we aim to start the construction of more than 1,600 homes, with 45% being genuinely affordable.

For more details, read our 2023-24 business plan.

Why rent with us

We have high quality, spacious properties available to rent now, including 1, 2 and 3 bedroom homes.

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Carpenters Estate

Working with our residents, we will transform and restore the Carpenters Estate into an even better place to live with brighter homes built to last, green spaces, good shops and, above all, a sense of place and community.

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Green Storey Living

An innovative solution from Newham Council and Populo Living to reduce domestic emissions of older style properties by up to 65%, enabling up to 3 million homeowners to increase their living space, while reducing UK carbon emissions by up to 1 million tonnes a year.

Find out more: Big Green Lofts

Zero Carbon 2030

At Populo Living we are committed to reaching net zero carbon by 2030. This year we have published our roadmap, which sets out how we will achieve this goal. It covers all areas of our business and goes past 2030, to ensure we become the most sustainable landlord in Newham, and go on to have a net gain in environmental benefits for all our developments.

Download our Zero Carbon Roadmap here

Airspace Development

Newham, in partnership with Populo Living, are keen to explore all available options to deliver much needed affordable housing. Airspace development is one way in which the council creates much needed affordable new homes whilst modernising and improving existing properties.

See our Airspace Development Guide here