Two years ago he and his wife endured being tied up in their Northumberland home by burglars who proceeded to steal more than £1m-worth of jewellery.
Mark Clare, chief executive of Barratt Developments, paid tribute to his predecessor: “Sir Lawrie founded the company in 1958 and established it as the largest and best known housebuilder in the country. He had the vision to understand how deeply rooted the desire for home ownership is within this country and he then set out to meet that aspiration by designing and building high quality affordable homes.
“Under his leadership the company brought homeownership within reach of many people through innovative support for home buyers and the high profile way it was promoted. I believe that it is no exaggeration to say that there are hundreds of thousands of people in the UK today, across every walk of life, that have bought or lived in homes inspired by Sir Lawrie.”