Housebuilder Barratt Developments has announced plans to open 12 new sites creating 2280 new homes across Scotland during the course of 2018.
In addition to its home building programme, Barratt, which includes both the Barratt Homes and David Wilson Homes brands, will also continue to increase its investment in land, as it looks to acquire and develop up to 16 new sites over the next twelve months, following a busy 2017 in which it acquired 14 new sites for development.
Barratt said the new sites will underpin over 6200 existing jobs and support around 100 new jobs in Scotland, reflecting the continued demand for new homes in key locations. The homebuilder predominately employs local sub-contractors and tradesmen – so local businesses and people will benefit directly from the jobs
New developments to be launched in early 2018 include Brae of Yetts in Kirkintilloch, Preston Square in Prestonpans and The Fairways in Drumpellier.
During the course of 2017, the housebuilder opened 14 new sites across Scotland with a total of 2500 new homes for sale. New sites launched last year include Mains of Culduthel, near Inverness, Weirs Wynd in Brookfield and The Woodlands in Dalkeith.
Barratt also sold out on a number of developments including Harlaw Gait in Inverurie, The Elms in Kirkliston, and Westlin Walk in Kilmarnock.
In recognition of Barratt’s success, ten of its site managers carried home awards from the National House Building Council’s (NHBC) Pride in the Job Quality Awards. Barratt was also, for the eighth year in a row, awarded a maximum 5 star rating in the HBF (Home Builders Federation) customer satisfaction survey 2017, meaning that more than 90% of its customers would recommend their homes to a friend.
Douglas McLeod, regional managing director for Barratt Developments in Scotland, said: “Despite some regional differences in market conditions across Scotland, the economic fundamentals are still favourable towards house building. Demand for good quality homes continues to outstrip supply. As Scotland’s largest housebuilder, we remain firmly committed to helping address the country’s housing shortage, and playing our part in addressing industry-wide skills challenges. We are investing further in our award winning apprenticeships and recruiting and training skilled workers from outside of the building industry. To increase the efficiency of our build process, we continue to lead the way in using modern construction methods.
“The quality of our homes and our high levels of customer service are key to our ongoing success. Our NHBC Pride in the Job Award winning site managers and our HBF five star status demonstrate our credentials and, more importantly, reflect the importance we place on putting our customers first. We’re looking forward to another strong year in 2018.”