About Us

Back in 1964, Derwent Housing Association was formed to provide affordable housing provision for people in the UK. In 2004, a rebranding saw their name change to Derwent Living to reflect the aspirational attitude of the time and increase its appeal to young professionals and students; they operate under that name today. Providing affordable homes for over 50 years, Derwent Living is a trusted name in the housing market and is recognised for its positive social purpose.

A change of government in 2010, following financial crisis in 2008, saw a new coalition government pursuing sweeping spending cuts to public funding. This put huge pressure on public and private sector costs. In this climate, Derwent Living recognised the need to outsource its services so they could generate the revenue that was needed to sustain its core business focus of providing social housing. They decided that the rapidly expanding facilities management market had excellent potential and that the time was right to branch out into this new market. Although Derwent Living had been carrying out many facilities management services as part of its operations over the previous half century, it was time to build on that experience.

The result was the launch of Derwent Facilities Management Ltd in 2010, or Derwent FM as we are usually known, as a sub-division of Derwent Living. Alongside our partner organisation, Derwent Students, we operate across a broad spectrum of clients in different sectors and in particular boast a wealth of experience in the student sector. Derwent Living and Derwent Students promote and provide first-class student accommodation in the UK, with thousands of students, including freshers, postgraduates and internationals, taking advantage of what we have to offer year after year.

Facilities management you can trust

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Over 50 years

of facilities management experience

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Clearly defined costs

no nasty surprises further down the line

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Great service

whatever the length of the contract

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Trusted & reliable

giving you complete peace of mind

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As of 2017, Derwent Living and Derwent FM officially joined the Places for People Group and are proud to form a crucial part of the organisation. They are one of the UK’s largest property management organisations with a portfolio of approximately 200,000 properties across the country. Derwent FM’s role is essential in the management of the wide array, not to mention the sheer number, of different properties and we pride ourselves on our ability to deliver a level of service that satisfies anyone who visits, lives, or works in any of these buildings.

The future is bright for all the members of the Places for People Group and the whole team here at Derwent FM looks forward with anticipation to continuing our mission of providing industry leading facilities management services.

Over 50 years of facilities management services