Diary of a Project Monitor April 2022
– Colin Ranshaw –
It’s been a busy few weeks. I’ve travelled from Liverpool to the South Coast visiting a number of sites at varying degrees of completion.
Like most, I’m ready for the long Easter weekend but not before I share some great projects with you.
This is a sample of some really successful projects with a core message at its heart.
At the beginning of March I had the pleasure in visiting a fantastic development in Hedge End, Southampton comprising of four detached houses. All four houses have sold already which to me signifies great build quality in right location at the right price.
All in all, a resounding success!
Staying in the South, I also visited a completed development of eight houses in Bournemouth. This project includes four semi-detached houses along the road frontage, with a courtyard of four detached chalet styled houses behind. Again, all houses have sold and a few are already occupied. Once again demonstrating a successful build that has met demand in that area.
Both of these projects have run smoothly with no major issues to report which is very encouraging.
Whilst in the North West, it was also good to see a project in the Liverpool area really taking shape after a few planning and Covid-related issues. Six of the 9 houses are under offer, showing once again, that small developments of quality housing remain very much in demand.
All in all, it has been a good month for visits and seeing sales coming through at sustained values which is helping to maintain margins for our developers at a time when we continue to see the price of labour and materials continue to increase.
These smaller schemes seem especially popular with buyers and maybe the planners should be paying more attention at a time when smaller developers are really struggling to get this type of project underway!