Stewart Milne Homes

A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by Stewart Milne 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 Stewart Milne 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

Regional Managing Director
Paul Challinor
Sales area at Hill Top Grange,
Davenham, Cheshire
Originally founded in 1975 in Aberdeen, Stewart
Milne Homes have grown and expanded throughout
Scotland and selected areas of England. They have
become one of the largest privately owned housebuilders in
the UK and are renowned for the quality and precision of
their designs. They uniquely design and manufacture timber
system for themselves and other housebuilders. Regional
Managing Director for the North West Paul Challinor tells
TheParliamentary Review
Our company was founded in 1975 by Stewart Milne CBE, who now serves as our
executive chairman. As a family-owned and run business, we are committed to
continuing the work he began over 40 years ago. Originally based in Aberdeen,
we have expanded across Scotland and now have offices in Glasgow and
Edinburgh. In 2003, we established an office and timber frame manufacturing
business in Witney in order to serve our southern clients; subsequently, in 2006,
we set up a regional housebuilding division in the northwest of England, based
We are a top 25 housebuilder and the leading off-site timber building system
provider in the UK, with off-site construction at the core of our delivery approach.
We are also at the forefront of housing innovation, winning the coveted
Housebuilder Innovation Award three years in a row. We actively collaborate with
other developers, government departments, research institutions and the supply
chain to bring about sector-leading change.
»Regional Managing Director:
Paul Challinor
»Founded in 1975
»Based in Aberdeen, with
offices in Glasgow, Edinburgh,
Manchester and Witney
»Services: Housebuilding
and off-site timber frame
manufacturing and installation
»No. of employees: 800
»Winner of the Housebuilder
Innovation Award three years
in a row
Stewart Milne Homes
Highlighting best practice
Dual expertise
Our experience in not only the
construction but also the design and
manufacture of off-site timber systems
which makes us unique among our
competitors. Byproducing our own
frames, we are able to control the
supply of one of the key elements
within our supply chain, and, by
pioneering this approach, we have
remained at the forefront of product
development within our sector for
decades. We now provide our timber
systems products to many of the
larger PLC housebuilders, who are
committing more of their time to
evolving their construction processes
and off-site manufacturing, both
of which we have been continually
developing for years.
We continue to expand and have
seen exceptional recent growth in our
North West housebuilding division.
In the year leading up to June 2016,
we achieved 134 completed homes
in the region. By June 2017, we had
doubled the size of the business
to 268 homes and are on track to
deliver over 350 homes this year, with
plans in place to deliver over 700
annually within the next five years.
We will do this by continuing to focus
on the quality of our designs, the
award winning quality of our homes,
and the acquisition of larger sites
in prime residential locations in the
North West. We are more than just a
housebuilder, and we have a mission
to make a lasting positive impact on
the communities in which we build our
homes. Over the last 12 months, we
have supported 20 community groups,
schools and volunteer organisations
across the North West, providing
more than £10,000 worth of funding
and resources for a wide range of
projects. These include an outdoor
learning centre in Chorley, support to
save Adlington Library from closure, a
new running track at Farndon Primary
School and continued kit sponsorship
for a local cricket club in Davenham.
This growth and success have been
built on the highest-quality design
and construction of our homes, as
well as exceptional levels of customer
satisfaction, which we believe will
continue to support our plans as our
reputation in the region grows.
Creating a culture of
As a family business, we encourage an
inclusive and supportive environment
for all of our staff. We have established
a culture of empowerment for all of
our employees at any level, trying to
promote an atmosphere in which all of
our staff are able to contribute ideas.
Collaboration is key for any business,
and we reward the involvement of
our employees in all areas of our
We are always striving to innovate our
construction methods and embrace
modern, pioneering developments.
We have a dedicated product
development team and a full-time
research and development director.
Their main role is to investigate
business optimisation and new product
Showhome at Callenders
Green, Prescot, Liverpool
We are more
than just a
and we have a
mission to
make a lasting
impact on the
in which we
build our
and process introductions across the
group. We have a strong track record
in innovation and project delivery,
often part-funded and externally
audited by Innovate UK, CITB or
We are currently working on several of
these initiatives. We are always seeking
to embrace new construction methods
and are currently leading a project
to develop advanced industrialised
methods of constructing homes.
This project is funded by Innovate
UK and demonstrates our position at
the forefront of new digital design
techniques and off-site construction.
We are also attempting to expand
our off-site production capabilities
to include the manufacture of
closed panel systems, refinished
floor cassettes and factory-fitted
windows and doors. Moreover, we
are involved in collaborative work
with governmental departments and
local universities. Our status as a
housebuilder allows us to offer specific
advice to help tailor legislation and
create new methods ofconstruction.
Sourcing quality tradespeople
in the North West
One of the main issues we face is
sourcing quality tradespeople in the
North West in the increasing numbers
required to support our growth.
Although the housing market is very
competitive in the area, there is a
significant lack of emerging, quality
tradespeople, who are required by all
of the housebuilders in the region.
Although there is some support
from the CITB, it is not able to cover
the high level of demand. To try to
combat this, we have established our
own apprentice and trainee schemes
that aim to encourage more people
to pursue careers in this field. We
are working with our subcontractors
and providing funding to help to plug
We have also established a fast-track
training scheme that upskills members
of our team. We aim to give these
trainees direct experience, as well as
develop their knowledge through
a selection of various modules. It
is essential that we support the
development of additional numbers
of quality tradespeople in the region
if we as an industry are to meet the
government target of 300,000 homes
per year.
Over the next five years, we plan to
increase the output of our North West
division while simultaneously raising
its profile. By continuing to deliver
our high standard of construction and
excellent customer satisfaction, we are
confident we can achieve this goal in
the immediate future.
It is essential
that we support
development of
numbers of
tradespeople in
the region if we
are to meet the
target of
300,000 homes
per year
Regional winner of 2018 NHBC
Pride in the Job Quality Award
for the site at Alsager, Cheshire
Named 2018 North West Housebuilder
of the Year at Insider Residential
Property Awards

This article was sponsored by Stewart Milne 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