Headed by newly-appointed area manager Bob Birch, who joins the company from residential developer Mansell, Lovell’s new office is on the Solent Business Park in Whiteley, Fareham.
The southern area team expects to build in the region of 150 homes in the next 12 months, with numbers set to increase over the next five years as it consolidates its market presence in Hampshire, Dorset, West Sussex, Surrey, Berkshire and Wiltshire. Lovell currently has 25 office- and site-based workers operating out of the Fareham office and more than 150 subcontractor staff working on its local sites.
Schemes for Lovell in the region include a £30m regeneration programme for Southampton City Council at three city estates where the company is building 221 homes.
“As the housing market continues to recover, we are in an excellent position to build on that success and help deliver the quality new homes which are so badly needed across the South of England,” said Mr Birch, who has also previously worked for Barratt and St George.
He added: “Alongside building new open market and affordable homes, we see major opportunities in the development of new housing for armed forces personnel and in the field of extra care housing where we have considerable expertise. There will also be opportunities to work with our sister company Morgan Sindall Investments on its large-scale joint venture regeneration partnership projects in Bournemouth and Slough.”