With such a short deadline ahead of us Spinbox knew this project would require careful planning and some amazing development to meet the set deadlines. By the 1st of April Aldwyck Housing Group needed to have a web presence for the general public looking to buy a home in London through the government’s Help to Buy scheme. Within a week of launching Aldwyck needed a fully featured property portal allowing them to advertise Help to Buy properties, and then just two weeks later that they needed to open up access to allow house developers to publish properties themselves.
As with all of our projects we used Agile to deliver this project. In this case it was the perfect methodology to use, as it allowed us to get straight into the design and development without the delays that normally follow a waterfall approach to project delivery.
Knowing the full extent of what the final website would have to deliver, Spinbox chose to develop www.helptobuylondon.co.uk on the Sitefinity platform. Our expertise in Sitefinity, as evidenced by our Platinum Partner status, allowed us rapidly get an initial site live, safe in the knowledge that the groundwork was in place to build in the advanced features which Aldwyck Housing Group were looking for.
As well as the standard stuff which users expect to see on property portals such as Rightmove and Zoopla (such as advanced search functionality, the ability save searches, subscribe to property alerts and add properties to user’s favourites), Spinbox were able to deliver some great features such as scheduled publishing of properties and a stakeholder portal which allowed house developers full management of their properties. Fully responsive for mobile devices, naturally, the final product was a clean and feature-rich website that acted as a portal for those interested in buying a property in London through the government’s Help to Buy scheme, and connected them directly with the house developers responsible for building these properties.