Women fill top posts at Newcastle construction specialist Galliford Try Partnerships North

Galliford Try Partnerships North has appointed Sara Holmes and Christine Curran to two top development posts

Sara Holmes and Christine Curran, the newcomers at Galliford Try Partnerships, on site
Sara Holmes and Christine Curran, the newcomers at Galliford Try Partnerships, on site

Construction specialist Galliford Try Partnerships North has appointed two women with a wealth of industry experience into top posts.

Sara Holmes has been named as the Newcastle-based company’s new development director, having spent the last 17 years forging partnerships between developers and housing providers across the region.

Meanwhile, Christine Curran, who has 15 years’ experience in land management, is heading up the company’s involvement with the £350m Gateshead Regeneration Partnership (GRP).

As Galliford Try’s development director with GRP she will work alongside partners Gateshead Council and Home Group.

Ms Holmes said: “The business has a unique partnerships structure which enables us to secure sites for new developments which we can deliver either in conjunction with landlord partners or through our house building division, Linden Homes.

“I think this offers tremendous opportunities to develop some really exciting housing developments across the North East.”

Ms Curran said: “I am delighted to be working on such a flagship scheme for the North East.

“The Gateshead Regeneration Partnership will provide over 2,400 much needed homes but more than that, it will deliver a step change in the value, quality and choice of housing in the region.”

The appointments come as the company, which is based at Great Park, Newcastle, released financial results which showed a trebling of turnover.

Latest accounts for the year ended June 30 2014 show the firm has grown revenues from £8.08m to £27.7m, having generated a substantially increased order book during the year.

More importantly, the firm is back in the black, reporting a small operating profit of £178,000, compared to the previous 12 months’ loss of £1.04m.

The figures complement the recent realignment of the business to become a provider of turnkey housing solutions, rather than simply a builder, seeking to establish genuine partnerships with housing providers and its suppliers.

The main focus now is working with registered housing providers and local authorities to deliver extra care facilities for older people and affordable housing, while developing high quality new homes for sale through Linden Homes.

Key clients include Coast and Country, Isos, Livin, Home Group, Homes For Northumberland, Riverside, South Tyneside Housing Ventures Trust, Thirteen and Your Homes Newcastle.

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