Get To Know Series – UK Developers
In this series, we showcase many of the UK Developers work with. The UK market is full of quality developers with proven track records and who are working hard to solve the housing crisis, despite the hinders placed by Government at every level.
Building communities across the nation
Kier Living, part of the globally renowned Kier Group, builds more than 2,300 homes on sites across the UK every year. Kier Living brings together all Kier Group’s housebuilding operations, ranging from contract and mixed tenure to private sector housing.
A proud history defined by employee ownership
First founded in 1928 by Danish civil engineers Olaf Kier and Jorgen Lotz, the Kier Group was acquired by Hanson PLC in 1992. The acquisition triggered a buyout by the management at Beazer, and today’s Kier Group was formed. It became Britain’s first major contractor owned by its employees.
Now employing 16,000 people around the world, the Kier Group retains its focus on a collaborative, forward-thinking and enthusiastic approach across all its operations. It is evident in Kier Living, in which 70 years of experience of building new homes is combined with quality materials and modern construction methods to create new communities in each of its five regions: Central, Eastern, South West and Wales, Northern, and South East.
Renowned in private residential and public sector housebuilding
Kier Living has an incredibly impressive record in residential design and delivery. It works independently through all phases of the build cycle, from design to construction and aftersales care. Its locations are carefully selected, as are the materials used to build each new home.
Kier Living also specialises in delivering affordable housing and has recently been named as one of the participants on all five regional panels of the Homes and Communities Agency’s new £8 billion Delivery Partner Panel 3 (DPP3).
DPP3 will run for four years and is responsible for an increasing number of mixed-use and multi-tenure schemes. Kier’s appointment reaffirms its position as one of the UK’s leading public sector housebuilders and should help it to reach its target of building 4,000 homes per year by 2020.
Whatever the focus of development, Kier leverages three elements to create homes that people desire, in places where communities develop:
- Quality – using the highest-quality fixtures, fittings and building materials, and creating innovative build solutions
- Attention to detail – ensuring the highest possible standard to each new home built
- Experience – its 70 years of experience in the UK housing market helps it excel from initial design to construction and beyond
Kier is highly respected in the industry, regularly winning the highest accolades from its peers and building and construction organisations. It has also achieved five-star ratings for customer satisfaction from the Home Builders Federation Survey. Here are a few of the awards received by Kier in recent years:
- Green Apple Environmental Award Winner 2016
- Five-star Home Builder for Customer Satisfaction 2015
- Best Design of Three Storeys or Less – Housebuilder of the Year Awards 2016, Highly Recommended
- Best Large Development – First-Time Buyer Readers’ Awards, 2015, Highly Recommended
- Best Residential Development in Scotland – RICS Awards 2015
- NHBC Pride in the Job Award Winner 2014
Where can you invest in a Kier Living property?
Kier Living builds homes from one-bedroom apartments to five-bedroom family homes, and at the time of writing is developing around two dozen sites from Redruth in Cornwall to Falkirk in Scotland. Here are two Kier developments which typify the quality of location and build available to investors in a Kier residential property:
Elderwood Place, Bilston, West Midlands
At Elderwood Place, you’ll find an exceptional mix of two to four-bedroom homes, ideal for couples and families, and perfectly placed for commuting into Birmingham and Wolverhampton, where residents will discover a vast array of world-class shopping, dining, entertainment, and sports facilities and venues.
Locally to the development, there is a range of local amenities including supermarkets (Asda and Morrisons) and department stores. There are good schools for families with children – Loxdale Primary and Ormiston SWB Academy – and plenty of green open spaces within walking distance.
Both Wolverhampton and Birmingham are around a 10-minute journey by Midland Metro from Loxdale station, which is less than a mile from Elderwood Place.
For day and night recreation, nearby Wolverhampton and Birmingham offer an eclectic mix of clubs, pubs, theatre and cinema, as well as spectacular sports events including championship football and county and international cricket.
Kingsmoor Park, Woking, Surrey
Situated in an ideal location, residence at Kingsmoor Park is an ideal destination for commuters into London. Woking offers great shopping facilities, schools, and a superb nightlife, with country parks, commons and heathlands on the doorstep of these contemporary two to four-bedroom homes.
Woking is Surrey’s largest covered shopping destination, with Peacocks Centre and Wolsey Place shopping centres offering an impressive array of shops and restaurants. In the town itself, there are farmers’ markets and street markets, and in Chertsey Road, you’ll find restaurants, bars and pubs. Entertainment facilities include two theatres and six cinemas.
Education facilities include the award-winning Sythwood Primary School, the University of Surrey in nearby Guildford, and the Surrey campus of the International School of London is located in Woking.
There are superb road links via the M25 and M3, with Gatwick and Heathrow Airports a short distance away. For commuters into London, Woking station provides regular trains with a journey time of less than 30 minutes.
When you invest in a Kier Living home, you are buying exceptional design in an appealing location. This property developer is renowned for its quality of design and build, and is developing sites around the country with aggressive expansion plans that should excite property investors.
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