Anchor Hanover has been formed following the successful merger of the Hanover Housing Association and the Anchor Trust.
With more than 60,000 homes across 1700 locations supported by more than 9000 colleagues, the new organisation operates within more than 90 per cent of local councils in England.
Both Anchor and Hanover started out in the 1960s. The new organisation provides rented and leasehold retirement housing and residential care homes across England.
Anchor Hanover chair Dr Stuart Burgess CBE says “More specialist housing and care will be needed going forwards, with new types of services. Anchor Hanover can offer more options, has a stronger voice with government and local councils, operates more efficiently and builds more properties for older people.
"We have ambitious plans and want to provide more services, driven by the needs and aspirations of our ageing society. This could include social rented, shared ownership and outright sale new homes.”
Anchor Hanover chief executive Jane Ashcroft CBE says: “For more than 50 years, Anchor and Hanover have helped people enjoy later life. Today, in an ageing society, our housing, care and support is needed more than ever.
"Together, we can provide a bigger range of housing and care options and build more new locations. Anchor Hanover provides an exciting opportunity to create a brighter, happier future for more people. Crucially, our new organisation also enables us to offer better career options for colleagues and attract and retain great people.”