Help to Buy London


The brief

"We need a new website, please… and we need it live two weeks from now.” We’re getting used to these sorts of requests here at Spinbox. Fortunately though we’re pretty good at delivering on them too! From the date which they heard that they’d successfully been appointed as the Home Buy Agent for the London region, Aldwyck Housing Group had just two weeks to before their new website needed to be live. We dived straight into planning, identifying what needed to be in place for April 1st (no joke!) and working out what could be rolled out in subsequent iterations.

Help to Buy London on tablet

The solution

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 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.

The results

With every deadline met and the project delivered within budget, gave Aldwyck Housing Group everything they needed within the tight timescales which they had to work within. An average time on site of over four minutes and a bounce rate of less than 20% shows that this is providing users with exactly the information they’re looking for too, and with the power of Sitefinity behind it giving scope to further build on the already great features.

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Help to Buy London on multiple devices

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