June Highlights

June has been a busy month for the Housebuilding industry, with end year results starting to be released, and the Pride in the Job Award Winners announced.

One major housebuilder, Berkeley Group reports a boost in profits despite the 15% drop in private sales reservations and rise of interest rates for buyers.

Across the group, Berkeley received 9 PiJ Awards from the NHBC after completing over 4,000 homes.

Other PIJ award winners came from developers such as Vistry Group, Barratt & David Wilson Homes, Bloor Homes, CALA Homes, Bellway Homes, Taylor Wimpey and Persimmon. A variety of SME builders were also recognised for their quality sites including companies like Rose Builders, Piper Homes, Cameron Homes and Newett Homes.

Award won for Regeneration scheme in Coventry

Residential Regeneration Project of the Year award was also presented to Keepmoat for their Spirits Quarters development in Coventry bringing a new lease of life to the derelict 1950’s estate.

Partnering with Citizen, Moat House Community Trust, Coventry City Council and West Midlands Combined Authority, the scheme so far has provided 979 new homes to the area, with phase 5 set to deliver a further 94 much needed new homes to the Coventry community.

Cllr David Welsh, Cabinet Member for Housing at Coventry City Council, adds: “Spirit Quarters is not only creating much-needed housing in the city, but also building a community. It is providing attractive housing with open spaces and is exactly the sort of development we are looking for as we work to meet housing demand for growing families, first time buyers and everyone in between.

The first four phases have helped to transform the area and these latest plans will continue that good work.”

Amanda Bishop, regional MD of the West Midlands, said: “We’re extremely proud and humbled to have won the Regeneration Project of the Year for our inspirational Spirit Quarters development. At Keepmoat we want to help develop communities and what better example than the former housing estates of Wood End, Henley Green and Manor Farm that had long since fallen into disrepair.

Now, the site boasts a thousand new homes, of which almost a third is affordable housing, attracting more than 900 new homeowners – replacing “no-go” zone with a lively new, urban neighbourhood. The influx of new families has also attracted new shops and amenities, creating a welcoming buzz, new jobs and cementing north Coventry’s status as an up-and-coming area.”

Continuing to tackle homelessness

Other news includes the Hill Group providing a further 5 modular SoloHaus homes to Haringey Council in Greater London. The residential contractor is taking steps in the right direction to tackle homelessness and support those trying to turn their lives around by designing purpose-built, fully furnished and highly energy efficient singular homes.