The Homes and Communities Agency has appointed a Barratt Partnerships director to lead a programme designed to shake-up the housing sector.
The firm’s growth and partnerships director Stephen Kinsella has been appointed as director of Accelerated Construction.
Mr Kinsella has been at Barratt for more than a decade, according to his LinkedIn page, and previosuly spent more than a decade working at housing associaitons.
He is currently working his notice period and will exit the firm in the summer, when he will join the HCA.
The £2bn Accelerated Construction programme aims to support offsite manufacturing techniques and increase the number of participants in the sector.
Under the programme, the government will subdivide large plots of surplus government land and go into joint ventures with SMEs to develop them.
Up to 15,000 housing starts will be delivered through the programme and modern methods of construction will be used.
Speaking to Construction News last month, housing minister Gavin Barwell called on contractors to prove they could build homes quicker than developers to win places on the Accelerated Construction programme.
He added more competition was needed in the housing sector and said the government was “keen to bring in small and medium-sized players”, including companies not currently working in the UK, to help tackle the housing crisis.