Thursday17 August 2017



Soencer McCarthy

Spencer McCarthy: All in the family

20 Jul 17

Churchill boss Spencer McCarthy explains why his business model works and why the firm – one of the UK’s biggest providers of private housing for the elderly – will be sticking with traditional designs for its homes


Steve Morgan

Interview: Steve Morgan

3 October 2014

Steve Morgan left Redrow in 2000 but returned five years ago to save the housebuilder he founded, now it’s posting record results

Cala chief executive Alan Brown

Interview: Alan Brown

25 Apr 14

With two investors behind it and the recent purchase of upmarket housebuilder Banner, Cala Group has come a long way from its precarious refinancing in 2009. Alan Brown talks about delivering volume at the top end of the market, and plans to treble turnover to £800m a year

John White

Interview: John White

6 Mar 14

After 30 years heading Persimmon, John White was never likely to spend his retirement at home in his slippers. But few expected him to take the helm at troubled retirement housebuilder McCarthy & Stone

Deal maker

Interview: Ian Sutcliffe

13 Feb 14

Countryside is set on a rapid path to growth, announcing its merger with Millgate Developments last week. Joey Gardiner talks to the boss, Ian Sutcliffe, about aligning his agressive expansion plans with the Cherry family tradition of quality housing

United House

Interview: Jeff Adams, United House

16 Oct 13

The United House boss on how the firm morphed from a social housing contractor into a developer with a £600m pipeline


Interview with Marc Vlessing, Pocket

19 Jun 13

How developer Pocket plans to make London living affordable

McCarthy & Stone

Interview: Gary Day, McCarthy & Stone

12 Jun 13

McCarthy & Stone works in the retirement home market but its land planning director is anything but retiring

Kilian Hurley

Interview: Killian Hurley, Mount Anvil

15 May 13

Mount Anvil’s chairman reveals how the housebuilder beat the recession


Andy Rose: A very public private man

10 May 13

Andy Rose has built his reputation by raising private finance for public projects. But is that going to help him deliver 170,000 affordable homes in the next three years?

Dave Sheridan of Keepmoat

Calmer waters: Dave Sheridan of Keepmoat

6 Mar 13

Keepmoat has had a choppy 12 months since its merger with Apollo. But new boss Dave Sheridan is confident that the wind is changing

David Montegue

David Montague: Playing the numbers game

24 Jan 13

The head of London & Quadrant, the capital’s biggest affordable housing provider, on the changing role of housing associations

Eoghan Hanrahan

Richard Blakeway: Boris' house master

09 November 2012

GLA deputy mayor for housing Richard Blakeway on getting housebuilding moving in the capital

Ian Baker

Ian Baker interview: "It was a big call"

12 October 2012

In November 2009 Linden Homes decided to embark on a radical growth strategy. Three years later, its profit is up 140%. MD Ian Baker explains how the company pulled it off

Rob Perrins

Berkeley's Rob Perrins: Out of the shadows

13 Sep 12

In the three years since he replaced Tony Pidgley as Berkeley’s managing director, Rob Perrins has convinced the City that he is very much his own man

Mark Clare

Interview: Barratt's chief executive Mark Clare

16 March 2012

B?arratt’s chief executive Mark Clare may not have seen the recession coming - he is, after all, the man who splashed out £2.2bn acquiring Wilson Bowden just months before it hit - but he certainly has a clear vision of where the company is heading now. He talks to Building about forging a path back to growth in a crisis-hit market

Ingrid Skinner

Ingrid Skinner: First we take West Hampstead

10 February 2012

Ingrid Skinner has big plans to turn Taylor Wimpey’s fledgling London division into a £100m-turnover business - and all without leaving Zone 2. She talks to Building. Photography by Anthony Lycett

Pete Redfern

Pete Redfern: How the recession made me stronger

22 July 2011

In 2008 Taylor Wimpey’s chief executive was battling to rescue the firm from the brink of collapse, just months after the merged company became the UK’s biggest housebuilder. Today it’s back in growth and a far stronger business. Building talked to him about surviving tough times

greg clark

Greg Clark: Local hero

18 February 2011

Greg Clark pretty much invented localism as a political idea, and now he’s the minister implementing it as a policy. But he’s adamant that he is genuinely pro-development and not the nimby champion we all fear

Dynasty: Alan Cherry, centre, with Graham to his left in 1985. Also pictured are Trisha Gupta, design director and Mike Pearce, financial director

Running Countryside: Another bite of the Cherry

16 April 2010

Two days after Countryside chairman Alan Cherry died, his sons were back at work. Graham, the housebuilder’s chief executive, talks to Joey Gardiner about the values his father instilled in him – and whether the company will be able to hang on to its vision in less certain times

Grant Shapps: A young man in a hurry

05 February 2010

Come the summer, Grant Shapps is probably going to be in charge of housing policy. And he’s got an awful lot of policy to get through, from a root-and-branch rethink of planning to a radical overhaul of the HCA. Joey Gardiner asked the questions, Tim Foster took the photos

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