Top UK Housebuilders Revealed

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Top UK Housebuilders Revealed

Top UK Housebuilders Revealed

As 2019 draws to a close, many people are looking at how the year has gone from a business perspective. Stone Real Estate has collated data relating to house building in the UK to find out which firms have constructed the most properties in the past 12 months.

Planning and Building Control Today shared the findings, which revealed that Barratt’s is at the top of the table, having completed 17,579 properties for sale in the past 12 months.

Persimmon was named in second place, completing 16,449 properties that have since been sold in 2019, while Taylor Wimpey was in third position. The firm sold 14,933 homes this year. Bellway Homes was also mentioned, having broken the 10,000 homes limit this year too.

However, while those are the most successful housebuilders by volume, when you look at the homes with the highest price, the honour goes to Berkeley. This company has the highest average sold price of £725,000.

The developer only constructed 3,678 homes in 2019, but has by far the highest average sold price. Crest Nicholson was second to the firm in this respect, with its average sold price coming in at £393,000.

Barratt was down in fifth place in this list, with its average sold price recorded as £288,900.

Countryside and Galliford Try, meanwhile, were named as the two housebuilders that have seen the greatest increase in sales in 2019, compared to 2018.

Michael Stone, CEO and founder of Stone Real Estate, told the publication that the UK’s housebuilders have “continued to support the market with the delivery of new homes” despite the economic uncertainty that the UK has faced in recent years.

“This has been vital in meeting the demand for housing from first-time buyers in particular and the consistently higher transaction levels and price growth achieved by the new-build sector when compared to the traditional market is the proof in the pudding of the great work that has taken place,” he added.

Following the Conservative victory in the general election earlier this month, the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) wrote to Boris Johnson stressing the importance of ensuring that the process for housing approvals is simplified and sped up, provided the application is uncontroversial.

John Newcomb, BMF CEO, also said that it’s important for the government to clarify the future of the help to buy scheme as soon as possible.

In addition to making it easier and quicker for work to begin on new housing projects, Mr Newcomb also said that it’s essential to look at how the construction sector can help with efforts to decarbonise the UK.

“The BMF strongly supports the ‘Fabric First’ concept with a coherent, long-term framework that combines better insulation, efficient boilers and low-carbon micro-generation on the road to net-zero carbon emissions,” Mr Newcomb stated.

In addition, the BMF wants the government to reduce the VAT charged on home improvement works to make properties more energy efficient from 20 per cent to five per cent.

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