Shanly Homes

A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by Shanly Homes'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 Shanly Homes 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
Pickles signature Rt Hon The Lord Eric Pickles

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Stewart Kirk, Managing Director
Thameside, Windsor
The Shanly Group have been developing housing and
commercial property across the home counties for almost
half a century. The year 2019 will mark the company’s
50th anniversary – during this time, the company has unerringly
committed itself to innovation, regeneration, best practices
and a drive for quality. Despite the cyclical nature of the
property market, the company strategy has remained intact,
focusing on steady, risk-adverse growth allied with strong
supporting finance. The charitable arm of the group, The Shanly
Foundation, has also donated over £13 million to charitable
causes. These are just some of the topics that Managing
Director Stewart Kirk elaborates upon.
An uncompromising commitment to excellence
Joining Shanly Homes from a plc background in 2006 only strengthened my desire
to provide homeowners with the best possible standard of finish, complemented
with a matching specification. Having won the National House Building Council’s
Supreme Award for Site Managers in 1990, I always felt I had a good eye for detail
and a drive for excellence.
This view of myself changed, however, when joining Shanly Homes. The company’s
ethos, through Chairman Michael Shanly, taught me early on that it was not good
enough just to build attractive developments; rather, we needed to leave a legacy
that we were all proud of.
»Chairman and Owner:
»Managing Director: Stewart Kirk
»Established in 1969
»Based in Beaconsfield,
»Services: Residential and
commercial housebuilding
»No. of employees: Over 200
»The Shanly Foundation,
the group’s charitable arm
financed entirely by the profits
generated by the Shanly
Group, has donated over
£13 million to thousands of
local community groups and
charitable organisations.
Shanly Homes
For us, as each new opportunity is born
on paper, outstanding architects develop
and replicate beautiful brick detailing
or exquisite stonework, complemented
in some cases by wrought-iron
balconies along the banks of the River
Thames. This serves to remind us that
all of our developments are individual.
Every couple of years, we talk about
whether we should have a portfolio of
standard house types, however, that
is as far as it goes. All our houses and
apartments are bespoke, which brings
its own challenges, particularly with
regard to technical issues.
Working collaboratively
Planning processes are frequently
discussed by anyone with an interest
in development. The local planning
authorities have the same issues as we
do with staffing levels, government
guidelines on housing numbers
and differences between policy and
interpretation. We therefore work
hard with policymakers to develop
a meaningful and well-thought-out
design with unique kerb-side appeal
that fits into its surroundings.
Each development is scrutinised, with
every corner of space, ceiling height,
kitchen layout and bathroom layout
amended, prodded and poked until
we are completely satisfied that,
before the plans are finalised, we’ve
exhausted every opportunity to get
them right.
This process, which involves vigorous
interrogation by my technical,
commercial and sales teams, means
that when we finally present a scheme
to the chairman, we are confident of
our product. Dealing with him, you
learn there is always something more
that can be achieved – which is a
process that ensures we utilise every
inch of storage, maximise every view
from every window and allot enough
room for that dinner party, whatever
the size of the property.
Quality at every juncture
Within the company, whether
developing a new home or one of our
commercial property interests, we have
maintained a straightforward vision:
to deliver a first-class product with a
superior finish at the right price. This is
allied with a genuine understanding of
the areas in which we operate (London
and the home counties), as well as of the
expectations of customers andclients.
We see ourselves as part of the
communities, and, what’s more,
they see us in the same way. Thus,
alongside creating top-quality homes
and places of work, we are playing a
role in the wider social and economic
success of the region – be it through
creating communities, stimulating
regeneration or contributing through
our corporate social responsibility.
Helping the community
Indeed, at Chapel Arches, we have
recently commenced the final phase of
an energetic vision, bringing life and
vibrancy back into the Berkshire town
of Maidenhead. In conjunction with
the Royal Borough of Windsor and
Maidenhead, we are embarking on
the last leg of an ambitious waterway
scheme that will help to bring the
River Thames farther into the town
centre and with it small watercraft
that can eventually navigate from the
River Thames through Maidenhead
Chapel Arches III,
We see
ourselves as
part of the
and, what’s
more, they see
us in the same
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and back into the Thames some
Nestling either side of this waterway,
we are bringing shops, restaurants and
offices, along with 259 apartments.
Chapel Arches is giving much
needed life to a town that has grown
significantly since the announcement
of the introduction of Crossrail. We
have even created a new amphitheatre,
bringing waste land back to life, which
provides an open space for the public
to enjoy. This outstanding scheme
won the coveted Royal Institute for
Chartered Surveyors Award in the
regeneration category in2017.
Over the last ten years, we’ve worked
tirelessly to regenerate heavily
contaminated brownfield sites and
creating stunning developments,
providing much-needed green open
spaces and affordably-priced high-
quality housing. In that period, we
have completed over 500 units in
Maidenhead alone.
The Chapel Arches’ flagship scheme will
be extended following the relocation of
the Desborough Bowls Club. Sorbon,
our commercial arm, is constructing
a state-of-the-art bowls club with the
latest indoor and outdoor bowling
greens. Supplemented with enhanced
facilities and parking, this will be a
dream for bowlers far and wide – which
is causing much excitement for club
members. The site of the Old Bowls
Club will be redeveloped to provide
much needed homes in the future.
Just six miles downstream, we’ve just
completed an exquisite development
on the banks of the River Thames in the
centre of Windsor. This scheme was
designed by one of the top conservation
architects in the country. The re-use of
materials from the existing office block
kept a link with the past. Each of the
four townhouses and 24 apartments
has been individually designed. The
latest sound and IT control equipment
has been incorporated in the design,
integrated Gaggenau appliances have
been fitted in the townhouses and
each bathroom is unique – all with the
highest-quality fixtures and fittings.
Quality is a watchword for the
business, but it is not just about this;
it’s also about the buying experience
– it is about the people our customers
deal with and how we deal with them
in return. Most of all, it’s about the
quality of life and the pleasure we
expect our buyers to enjoy when living
in a Shanly home – and therein lies our
ultimate purpose.
Over the last
ten years, we
have worked
tirelessly in
brownfield sites
and creating
Desborough Bowls Club,

This article was sponsored by Shanly Homes. 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