Barratt Scotland highlights its £227m contribution to UK economy
The activity of housebuilder Barratt Developments over the past year has delivered a £227 million boost to the UK economy, a new report revealed.
The group, which includes both Barratt Homes and David Wilson Homes, has built 1,729 new homes in Scotland and supported more than 3,700 jobs during that period.
Barratt has made £7m in local contributions to help build new local facilities and infrastructure in communities surrounding its new developments, including two new community facilities and the provision of 312 new school places.
More than £33m was spent on physical works benefiting local communities including highway and environmental improvements.
The achievements are highlighted in Barratt Scotland’s latest Social Economic Footprint report which measures the housebuilder’s social and economic contribution to Scotland over the past year. Included within the report are key measures relating to the company’s support for the housebuilding supply chain, local communities, environment, public services and employment.
Other highlights from the year ending 30 June 2018 include:
- Directly employed 53 new graduates, trainees and apprentices;
- Supported 610 sub-contractor companies and 640 supplier companies;
- Planted or retained 45,110 trees or shrubs on its developments;
- Recycled 99% of construction waste;
- Created 58.6ha of greenspace through public open space and private gardens;
- Generated £67.4m in tax to support public services.
Douglas McLeod, regional managing director for Scotland at Barratt Developments, said: “House building has the potential to positively impact many aspects of our society and economy. At Barratt, we are committed to realising that potential. Not only are we building homes to meet demand, we are helping to create and support jobs, generate economic value, build stronger communities and safeguard the environment.
“On this last point, it is particularly pleasing to see that we now recycle nearly all of our construction waste from our sites in Scotland, an important measure of our standing as the nation’s leading sustainable housebuilder.”
The report on Barratt’s Socio-Economic Footprint in 2018 was carried out by planning consultant Lichfields.