Countryside lays foundations for East Midlands expansion

Glyn Mabey, Managing Director at Countryside Partnerships East Midlands

Countryside’s East Midlands expansion is now well underway following the launch of two new offices and a major recruitment drive to build up a substantial local team.

Having opened a Wolverhampton office in 2016, the housebuilder has now extended its reach across the Midlands with the launch of a new South Midlands Office in Solihull, in addition to an East Midlands office, which is now established at the Grove Business Park in Leicester.

The move forms part of the company’s wider plans for growth within the region by harnessing Countryside’s partnership model to meet the increasing demand for mixed tenure housing developments throughout the Midlands.

The new East Midlands region has several new housing developments in the pipeline already with the first new project, which has a development value in excess of £30m, commencing this month at Newark, with more to follow in the next few months.

A framework agreement has also been signed to develop 1,000 homes per annum with Midland Heart Housing Association. As a result of the expansion, Countryside is looking for new recruits at all levels – from apprentice to senior management – to fuel the growth, in its sales, build, commercial, land and development departments.

Glyn Mabey, Managing Director at Countryside Partnerships East Midlands, said: “There is a significant need for new housing in the East Midlands and I am excited about the opportunities that are emerging within the region.

“Our expansion is not only a testament to the success of our existing partnership business model, but also our nationally recognised reputation as a great employer that allows us to inject significant investment into our people.

“I look forward to seeing what the future will bring, as we work towards showcasing our reputation as a leading employer, and homebuilder in the area.”

Countryside aims to create mixed-tenure communities of between 50 and 3,000 homes for first time buyers and families across the East Midlands by 2021.

Glyn added: “We are set to launch our first development of 160 homes, The Boulevard, in Newark imminently, with more developments to come hot on its heels.

“We have a healthy development pipeline, but have ambitious growth plans, so we are always looking for new land opportunities that fit with our business development strategy.”