Newly launched United Living Group positions itself for growth
Two major players in the social housing sector, United House Limited and Bullock Construction, today are in the final stages of announcing a merger which will see them become divisions of the newly formed United Living Group, with the vision to become the national market leader in the provision of affordable housing and sustainable solutions.
Together the organisations have a joint turnover of around £300m and both have a great track record for delivering sustainable social housing schemes across the country. Bullock’s geographical reach covers the North West, Midlands, Wales and the East of England while United House Limited focuses mainly on London.
Ian Burnett, the current Chief Executive of Bullock Construction, becomes CEO of the new United Living Group. Jeffrey Adams continues his role as Chairman of United House Developments and also as Chairman of the London region of the new United Living Group. Rick de Blaby continues as CEO of United House Developments.
Ian Burnett said: “This merger brings together two great companies with a strong pedigree for delivering sustainable social housing solutions across the North, Midlands, Wales and London and the South East. The joining of both organisations creates real opportunity for us to continue delivering the high quality products and excellent customer service we are known for across a much wider market. Also the focussed geographical presence of each business ensures a neat overlap and which allows us to become a truly national business, integrating a strong management team from both companies to offer best practice, improved operating processes and delivering greater value for money. “Both organisations share similar values with corporate responsibility at the heart of their business dealings”.
Jeffrey Adams said: “United Living Group is in an unrivalled position to provide a nationwide solution to the housing crisis. The need for new, affordable housing has never been greater. Our clients are looking to work with contractors like United Living Group to help unlock assets, deliver more affordable homes and undertake widescale refurbishment of existing rented stock. Between us, we have 110 years experience in the social housing field, working with communities to revitalise areas for the long-term.”
United Living Group will operate from Bullock Construction offices in Aldridge, Walsall, West Midlands, and United House offices in Swanley, Kent. United House Developments, currently based in Covent Garden, will be shortly moving to larger premises in London.
Bullock and United House will continue to trade under current arrangements until full integration is completed in April 2015.
The remaining part of the United House Group, United House Developments, which undertakes large scale mixed-use regeneration and niche speculative residential development , will become independent and is gearing up for a major expansion in the London market where it currently has 10 sites under development with a gross development value of £775m. United Living will continue to work collaboratively with United House Developments on regeneration projects.