High Grange

A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by High Grange's best practice article

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from High Grange is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

Blunkett signature Rt Hon The Lord David Blunkett
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Managing Director Gary Reed
Keekle Rise at Keekle
High Grange Developments construct homes and estates
in Cumbria. Situated on the edge of the Lake District
National Park, they utilise traditional construction methods
that complement the surrounding environment, which has
recently been awarded United Nations World Heritage Site
status. Having been repeatedly recognised for the quality of their
construction, they were awarded the LABC Bricks Development
of the Year Award for their Keekle Meadows project. Managing
Director Gary Reed oversees these developments and explains to
TheParliamentary Review
the benefits of being a small company
and their commitment to tailoring each home to each individual.
We have been operating for 20 years as a limited company, committed to providing
quality homes in our local area of Cumbria. We are a family firm and are based
in the historic Georgian town of Whitehaven, operating on the edge of the Lake
District National Park. We are very selective when deciding locations for our
developments, and we actively limit the number of homes we build each year to
ensure the highest level of quality. We are committed to undertaking our work in
a meticulous manner, utilising traditional construction techniques that have been
passed down by previous generations. We are a small company but possess a
particularly loyal and long-serving workforce, all of whom are highly skilled in their
respective specialities, which ensures the quality of our product.
We primarily undertake construction projects in rural areas. As we live in a
beautiful part of the country, we are blessed with an abundance of choice, and we
endeavour to identify the most suitable sites for our clients. We tailorour product
»Managing Director: Gary Reed
»Founded in 1998
»Based in Cumbria
»Services: Design and
construction of specialised
»No. of employees: 19
»No. of clients: 16 annually
High Grange
Highlighting best practice
to each location to ensure that it
is sympathetic to the surrounding
environment. As we limit the
number of houses we build each
year to 16, we can afford to take
the time to ensure that each house
is perfectly suited to its location. As
an example, we recently constructed
a small estate beside a Grade I listed
priory. Architectural sensitivity was
paramount in this instance, and we
embraced the challenge of maintaining
uniformity between the priory and
Collaborating with our clients
Every home that we build is unique.
We consult each client at the
foundation stage and collaborate
to ensure that the home is created
with the client’s preferences and
requirements in mind. A major part of
our public appeal is this specificity. We
always specialise each of our products
while ensuring that our clients have
access to the most modern and
efficient interior designs, materials and
specifications, subject to their tastes
and requirements.
The majority of our clients are based
in the local area, and around 90 per
cent of our business is gained through
client referrals. We do not spend
money on advertising – it is simply the
quality and specificity of our service
that continue to sustain client interest.
Recently, demand has significantly
increased. This has been caused by an
influx of executives and workers who
are employed in the nuclear industry.
Average nuclear industry salaries are
higher than the national average, and
Cumbria has the largest concentration
of nuclear workers anywhere in the
UK. The industry employs a diverse
workforce that accordingly demands
different types of housing. To meet
this demand, we have been developing
a variety of properties. This high level
of demand has meant that anyone
currently placing an order will have
to wait 14 months before receiving
a front door key. Despite this, the
order books are overflowing – a clear
indication of the health of the market
and the demand for ourproduct.
Over our 20 years of operations, we
have received various awards, most
recently the LABC Bricks Development
of the Year Award in 2018 for the
construction of the Keekle Meadows
development. To win this national
award for the third year in a row, as
Views at Keekle
Every home
that we build
is unique
a small developer based in Cumbria,
speaks volumes about our ethos:
we build our houses to a standard
rather than a timescale, and we pride
ourselves on our attention to detail.
Maintaining tradition
Our success is built upon traditional
artisanship. Modern construction
techniques may be more cost-effective,
but we prefer to maintain and develop
traditional skills that ensure that we
remain different to other developers.
We are consistently inspired by this,
and our culture and commitment to
quality ensure that we retain these
essential skills. Our rural setting
complements these methods, and an
overly contemporary style would not
fit with the beauty of our surrounding
environment. We are always looking to
develop our construction techniques,
but we will continue to build with a
group of core, traditional materials.
We welcome legislation that ensures
high building standards. Any legislation
that encourages better building
practices has to be welcomed, and
we are always striving to improve
our own techniques. While we
employ traditional methods, we
still ensure that our houses are as
environmentally friendly as possible.
We consider all possible methods to
achieve this, including assessing energy
conservation, the disposal of waste and
other environmental consequences.
More-regular reviews on a national
scale would be a beneficial step
for the industry and would make
sure that all developers fulfil their
The major issue in our sector, and
indeed across the country as a whole,
is the uncertainty that surrounds Brexit.
While we are not concerned about the
immediate future, we are unable to
predict what the situation might be in
a year’s time. The uncharted territory
of a post-Brexit Britain has prevented
us from making any definitive plans,
and we are largely unable to prepare
for its outcomes, primarily because no
one knows what they will be. There
will certainly be an impact, but, at this
time, we cannot know what form that
will take. We are certain, however, that
quality of the product that we provide
will ensure that there will always be
demand for our services, regardless of
the wider economic situation.
Looking forward, we are focusing on
sustainable growth and a continued
commitment to the quality of our
product. We are successful because
we are small, flexible and able to
prioritise quality. We would not want
growth at the expense of any of these
core elements. We have no intention
to increase our annual output, as this
would likely be detrimental to our
overall standards. By continuing to
adhere to our traditional construction
techniques and ensuring that each
client is involved in the development
of their home, we are confident that
we will be able to continue to provide
the high level of service that has
established us a local leader and a
national exemplar.
We are
because we are
small, flexible
and able to
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This article was sponsored by High Grange. The Parliamentary Review is wholly funded by the representatives who write for it. The publication in which this article originally appeared contained the following foreword from Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng.

Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng

This year’s Parliamentary Review reflects on a tumultuous and extraordinary year, globally and nationally. As well as being an MP, I am a keen student of history, and I am conscious that 2020 would mark the end of an era. It will be remembered as the year in which we concluded Brexit negotiations and finally left the European Union. Above all, it will be remembered as the year of Covid-19.

In our fight against the pandemic, I am delighted that our vaccination programme is beginning to turn the tide – and I pay tribute to the British businesses, scientists and all those who have helped us to achieve this. But the virus has dealt enormous damage, and we now have a duty to rebuild our economy.

We must ensure that businesses are protected. We have made more than £350 billion available to that end, with grants, business rates relief and our furlough scheme supporting more than 11 million people and jobs in every corner of the country, maintaining livelihoods while easing the pressure on employers. The next step is to work with business to build back better and greener, putting the net zero carbon challenge at the heart of our recovery. This is a complex undertaking, but one which I hope will be recognised as a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Through the prime minister’s ten point plan for a green industrial revolution, we can level up every region of the UK, supporting 250,000 green jobs while we accelerate our progress towards net zero carbon emissions.

With our commitment to raise R&D spending to 2.4% of GDP and the creation of the Advanced Research & Invention Agency, we are empowering our fantastic researchers to take on groundbreaking research, delivering funding with flexibility and speed. With this approach, innovators will be able to work with our traditional industrial heartlands to explore new technologies, and design and manufacture the products on which the future will be built – ready for export around the globe.

And I believe trade will flourish. We are a leading nation in the fight against climate change. As the host of COP26 this year, we have an incredible opportunity to market our low-carbon products and expertise. Our departure from the EU gives us the chance to be a champion of truly global free trade; we have already signed trade deals with more than 60 countries around the world.

As we turn the page and leave 2020 behind, I am excited about the new chapter which Britain is now writing for itself, and for the opportunities which lie ahead of us.
Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy