Keepmoat Homes has hired a land and partnerships manager to lead its expansion into Scotland’s new-build market as it prepares for acquisitions in the region in early 2014.
Barry Douglas (pictured) will head up the team’s planned expansion in Scotland with support from the company’s existing North-east workforce.
This will be Keepmoat’s first “homes for sale” expansion north of the boarder, having previously operated on refurbishment contracts in Scotland for over five years.
Mr Douglas has joined the team from Hallam Land Management, where he worked for six years as senior planner and, most recently, area manager on strategic land developments.
He said: “Keepmoat Homes’ move into Scotland couldn’t have come at a better time as interest increases in value for money new-build housing.”
He added that the group was already “in conversation over a number of sites”, which he expected to announce in the new year.
A spokesperson said the group will be targeting sites of “up to 100 homes” but was unable at present to give details around the value of the projects or the overall planned investment total.
Keepmoat chief executive Dave Sheridan said: “The fact that Barry has already made great strides towards securing Keepmoat’s first new-build homes in Scotland is a testament to his experience and expertise and the reputation Keepmoat is establishing for building high-quality affordable housing across the UK.”