About the Work
We collaborated with Homes England to digitally transform the Help to Buy: Equity Loan program to streamline the home-buying process and promote affordable homeownership backed by the government.
We needed a user-friendly platform that meets accessibility standards and delivered a consistent brand experience to accommodate a broad audience, including those with disabilities and assisted digital needs in line with the GOV.UK Service Standards. Technical and brand integration with Homes England’s and contracted service providers was crucial as third parties provided different parts of the service.
Statement of Requirement
- Open Source & APIs
- Hosting Environment
- Coherent Brand
- Mobile-First Pages
We designed the service to maintain a consistent brand across all interaction points, solidifying the Help to Buy brand and underlying the backed by Government sub-branding. Emphasising accessibility, we rigorously tested the site with personas using assistive technologies in the GDS Empathy Lab. Working closely with the internal IT team, we established the relevant secure hosting environments in Microsoft Azure. We developed the mobile-first service using open-source technologies, including an integrated data service to integrate data from third-party
systems using APIs and automated data pipelines with Homes England’s backend systems, ensuring a smooth user experience.
Our collaboration resulted in a highly accessible and user-friendly service, supporting potential homebuyers with valuable resources. The platform contributed to increased accessibility to affordable homeownership, reflecting a genuine commitment to all users.