As a master developer, we create long-term value by acquiring and assembling sites that are large, complex and have often had former industrial uses, before transforming them into sustainable residential and industrial & logistics developments
Our team comprises experts in transactions, planning, land remediation, engineering and development, supported by central functions and a highly experienced management team. We have three regional teams – Yorkshire & Central, North West and the Midlands – which bring further local knowledge, expertise and relationships.
Acquisitions and land assembly
Our acquisition teams work across our regions to identify new sites to add to our portfolio, through freehold purchases, options or Planning Promotion Agreements (‘PPAs’). Larger sites are often assembled over a number of years through the acquisition of smaller land parcels.
Working with local authorities and other stakeholders, we create a strategic vision for a site that addresses local needs for housing or employment space. Our sites complement or contribute to the wider strategic aims of local and central government.
Once a strategic vision for a site has been determined, our planners work with local authorities and other stakeholders to progress this through the planning system. We are very successful at securing planning permissions.
Land remediation and infrastructure development
Once planning permission has been obtained, our in-house teams undertake land remediation works, construct any necessary infrastructure such as roads, and create development platforms for the site’s proposed use.
Plot sale or direct development
At our residential sites, we largely sell serviced plots to housebuilders. From 2023, we have also begun working with partners to deliver alternative housing tenures at our sites.
For our industrial & logistics sites, we either directly develop the units on a speculative or build-to-suit basis, or sell land parcels for construction by occupiers or third parties.
We invest in our sites alongside plot sales and direct development, to provide additional infrastructure, amenities and green spaces. This investment creates a sense of community that improves the wellbeing of residents and those working at sites, and enhances the attractiveness and value of our assets.
We retain some of the Grade A industrial & logistics units that we directly develop and let these to a diverse range of occupiers. These assets generate a recurring income and allows us to derive further value from our placemaking and commitment to high environmental standards across our sites.