Builders' Merchants News

Barratt undergoes SE housing boom

Published:  14 May, 2012

LONDON: Barratt is scaling up its London operation to meet soaring housing demand.

Barratt has bought seven sites to build 1400 houses so far this year. It has also started work on 11 new sites or new phases on existing sites with 1724 units under way. These include developments at Altitude in Aldgate, Osiers in Wandsworth, Maple Quays in Canada Water and St AndrewÕs in Bromley-by-Bow.

The strength of the London and South East market is helping to drive the volume house builder's recovery. In a trading statement, Mark Clare, Barratt chief executive said: "We have had our strongest spring selling season for five years.

"Our overall pricing levels have been maintained and average weekly net private reservations in the period are up 25% compared to last year.

"As a result weÕre ahead on achieving our objectives of improving profitability and reducing net debt.

The average number of building sites is up to 397 compared with 374 in the same first half period last year. Mr Clare said: "While the economic outlook remains uncertain and the availability of mortgage finance continues to be a constraint, we expect the benefits of the various government initiatives to continue to provide support to the industry."

Barratt estimates completions this year will reach 12 600, up from around 11 000 the year before.