It’s no secret that the last 18 months have been a turbulent time for the UK property market. And although the start of the pandemic saw city residents flocking to the countryside for more space, the latest reports are showing a mass exodus back to city living across the UK.
The latest data from Zoopla’s UK House Price Index Report shows that Leeds property prices are soaring, with Leeds homeowners earning an average of £11,500 in profit over the past 12 months. As Leeds sits in one of the most in-demand property markets in the UK, average house prices in the area have risen by 7.6 per cent in the past 12 months.
With the levelling up agenda aimed squarely at increasing investment and opportunities in the Northern region, this trend isn’t set to change anytime soon and there are a number of innovative property businesses capitalising on this shift in the city and its surrounding areas.
Here we highlight five of the leading property businesses with exciting plans in and around Leeds.
Avant Homes is pioneering change in the UK housebuilding industry by constantly challenging the status quo. Founded in 1996, the company’s mission is to become the housebuilder of choice in the North by making aspirational homes attainable.
The company is an HBF Five Star Rated housebuilder operating in Scotland, the north-east of England, Yorkshire and the Midlands, with five regional offices employing over 700 people.
The company has an innovative design philosophy that is based on creating spaces for people to flourish. From open-plan layouts with higher ceilings and extra windows, to clever design solutions such as bi-fold doors, Avant make sure every inch of their homes knocks buyers’ expectations out of the park.
With twelve developments already in sales phases in Yorkshire and Humber, they are doing exciting things in the region, and with their ambitious growth plans in mind, they are certainly one to watch!
A long-established regeneration business, Scarborough Group has a global reach and enviable reputation for delivery. The Group is one of the UK’s most active privately-owned real estate companies with a GDV of £2 billion, mainly focused within the Northern Powerhouse.
As the developer behind the popular Thorpe Park development, the group has been instrumental in creating desirable new homes and office space in the region.
Thorpe Park Leeds is one of the most successful business hubs in the north of the UK exhibiting great place making, an exemplar in connecting communities and a fantastic showcase for the Northern Powerhouse. With a development site of 300 acres with 114 acres of Green Park and public realm areas, it is not surprising to see the popularity of this scheme. The award-winning park is already home to over 100 businesses with more than 5,000 people who work there.
DeVeer Estates is the commercial arm of the Berkley DeVeer Group, specialising in the acquisition, development, construction and management of commercial, residential and retail projects throughout the UK.
The company has grown to deliver high quality projects nationally in all sectors of the property industry. From large-scale industrial and office developments right the way through to major mixed-use urban regeneration projects, city-centre and out-of-town retail schemes, DeVeer Estates have developed strong relationships across the industry forging joint ventures with both public and private sector partners.
The developer specialises in developments in the north and boasts three current developments in sales phase across Yorkshire, including Hampton Gardens in Churwell, Regency Place in Ripon and Woodhall View in Pudsey.
Boasting traditional detailing with contemporary design and innovative architecture with skilled craftsmanship, we’re sure these homes won’t hang around for long!
Countryside is the UK’s leading mixed-tenure developer, bringing together modern and efficient delivery methods to create sustainable communities where people love to live.
Their placemaking approach, focuses on building high quality homes, but also thinks critically about the social and digital infrastructure, transport and green spaces needed to nurture a vibrant, connected and healthy community.
Countryside were one of the earliest adopters of modern methods of construction, taking into consideration housing policy, housing needs and the future of the supply chain. This has helped them to significantly reduce their carbon footprint with 59% of our homes built using off-site timber frame construction from one of their own modular panel factories.
With Countryside holding more Housing Design Awards than any other housebuilder, it’s easy to see why their City Fields development in Wakefield already selling months in advance!
Established in 1844, as well as their Leeds HQ Eddisons boast twenty offices around the UK. Specialising in Chartered Surveying the business’ 300 strong team of experts provide their leading advice and support to property owners, occupiers, businesses and financial institutions nationwide.
As well as its strong commitment to jobs and recruitment across the region, the business has made several impressive acquisitions in recent years including that of Commercial Property Management Business Erinaceous back in 2008 and most recently Daniells Harrison in January of this year.
The firm continue to expand and have recently launched a new Sheffield office headed up by Director Adrian Lunn, formerly of Lambert Smith Hamptons. We’ll look forward to seeing how the business continues to grow throughout 2022.
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