Keepmoat Homes expands into Scotland
Published by Hazel Rycroft for Keepmoat in Housing and also in Communities, Local Government
Barry Douglas Keepmoat
Keepmoat has appointed highly experienced housing and town planning professional Barry Douglas to head up the planned expansion of Keepmoat Homes in to Scotland.
The housing and regeneration specialist has been working on refurbishment contracts in Scotland for more than five years but is now seeking to build Keepmoat’s first ever homes for sale north of the border.
The company hopes to purchase its first housing sites early in 2014.
The landmark move will see the company expand into Scotland as it looks to build on the homes success it has had across the Midlands and the North of England, and is part of the company’s overall growth plans.
To drive the construction of new build homes in Scotland, Keepmoat has hired Barry Douglas as its Land and Partnerships Manager, who will be supported in the first instance by the existing North East Team.
Barry joins Keepmoat from Hallam Land Management, where he worked for six years as Senior Planner and latterly Area Manager on strategic land developments.
Bringing a wealth of experience to the role, Barry formerly worked for East Ayrshire Council as a Town Planner for six years.
Barry, who is based in the company’s Cambuslang offices, said: “Keepmoat Homes’ move into Scotland couldn’t have come at a better time as interest increases in value for money new build housing.
“We are already in conversation over a number of sites and expect to announce our first purchase in the New Year.”
Dave Sheridan, Chief Executive of Keepmoat, said: “The fact that Barry has already made great strides towards securing Keepmoat’s first new build homes in Scotland is a testament to his experience and expertise and the reputation Keepmoat is establishing for building high-quality affordable housing across the UK.
“We are delighted that Barry has hit the ground running and look forward to recruiting more staff in Scotland shortly as we expand our new build homes business north of the border.”