SME housebuilders are going toe-to-toe with some of the biggest names in the industry to be crowned 2018’s Best Residential Developer.
CN Awards 2018 Best Resi Bewley Homes
Bewley Homes increased its output significantly to 340 homes last year and saw its turnover increase 25 per cent for the year to September 2017, following an 18 per cent rise in its previous year.
The company developed an enhanced corporate and social environment responsibility strategy during 2017, and has taken steps to improve health and safety for its staff and subcontractors. A new waste management policy has also been introduced, which targets a reduction in waste generated from sites – all of which forms part of the a comprehensive three-year business strategy.
CN Awards 2018 Best Resi Branley Homes
A self-financed SME housebuilder, Branley Homes has invested internally across its business over the past 12 months, improving its health and safety processes, waste management and recycling strategies, as well as its training programme.
The £5m-turnover company completed a 127-unit development in Manchester during 2017, and has contributed to the wider regeneration effort taking place in the area. Branley Homes also completed The Meadows development in nearby Urmston over the past 12 months, overcoming the challenge of matching the design and materials of the new-build executive homes to a neighbouring listed building.
CN Awards 2018 Best Resi Churchill Retirement Living
Churchill Retirement Living
A family-run business specialising in purpose-built one and two-bedroom apartments for the over-60s, Churchill Retirement Living has further increased its focus on quality end-product.
The company has explored new ways of providing value by acting as a bridge between those who use its homes and their local communities. The Churchill Foundation, the company’s registered charity, has raised more than £500,000 in its first 18 months. The company has also been able to maintain margins of around 30 per cent over a challenging 12-month period.
CN Awards 2018 Best Resi Galliford Try Partnerships
Galliford Try Partnerships
Galliford Try Partnerships had a strong 2017, signing a series of contracts and joint ventures as well as launching a skills and training academy. The company’s headline financial data made for healthy reading, with a 6 per cent rise in revenue and a 22 per cent increase in profit, while staff numbers expanded by 35 per cent.
The firm secured a £155m contract with Genesis Housing Association and Queens Park Rangers FC to deliver the first phase of works on the 605-home Oaklands development. It also formed a JV with Trafford Housing Trust Developments to deliver a 600-home development in Partington, Manchester.
CN Awards 2018_Best Resi_Hub
Hub had a busy 2017, securing three projects as well as planning approval for 759 homes. The company’s Taberner House development in Croydon, a 514-home scheme, received planning permission 79 days after the application was submitted.
Hub puts the short time taken to secure approval down to its close engagement with local planning teams, and its ability to build and maintain trust with communities and stakeholders. The developer’s portfolio has grown to more than £1bn over the past 12 months, as the company pursues a strategy of prioritising high-quality and affordable homes.
CN Awards 2018 Best Resi Lendlease
Lendlease has been working on a variety of large-scale residential developments over the past year and is the main contractor for the Timberyard Deptford project. This major regeneration project that will deliver 1,132 new homes across a 4.7 ha site, while also creating 100,000 sq ft of flexible workspace.
Lendlease has further increased its focus on engaging with local communities and taking on board their concerns, which has seen the company launch an initiative to support ex-offenders and people who have had a long spell of unemployment.
CN Awards 2018 Best Resi St Modwen Homes
St Modwen Homes
Sustainability has been placed high up the agenda as part of St Modwen’s approach to residential development. Over the past 12 months, the company has planted 14,458 trees, reused or recycled more than one million tonnes of material on site, and saved 750,000 litres of water through rainwater harvesting.
The firm also managed to revive the Trentham Lakes development in Stoke-on-Trent, which had laid dormant for three years. The scheme has delivered 99 properties to date and will comprise 600 homes when complete. The development had attracted significant demand in the local area, with 500 people vying for the first 17 completed homes.
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