South Coast: Lovell launches regional growth plans

Lovell, the partnership housing division of the £3 billion Morgan Sindall Group, has launched its southern region with the appointment of an experienced regional managing director to drive the expansion.

Andrew Johnston, formerly managing director with Galliford Try Partnerships, has joined Lovell to spearhead its growth ambitions on the south coast. With Lovell’s extensive expertise in housing led regeneration, partnership working ethos and a high demand for affordable homes, the aim is to build a sustainable business that will employ around 100 people direct and thousands through the local supply chain, whilst increasing housing capacity in the region.

Securing land and the recruitment of new staff will be a priority in the first few months. Lovell Southern will service a large geographical area from Southampton on the south coast to Plymouth in the west.

Andrew Johnson, regional managing director at Lovell Southern, said: “It’s an exciting time to be at Lovell. The company has a great delivery model with ambitions to grow the business and its investment in the region demonstrates commitment to that strategy and to the wider affordable housing sector.”

Johnson added: “The company’s strong financial position and support from Morgan Sindall Group will enable us to work with our partners and increase the much-needed supply of homes in the area.

“Our three main business objectives are to build much needed new private and affordable homes, invest in the communities in which we are working and employ local businesses further re-investing in the region.”

Stuart Gibbons, managing director of Lovell London and Southern, said: “Andrew is a vastly experienced and committed director with a proven track record of developing and growing a business. We are delighted to have him on board to launch our southern region.”

He added: “Andrew is passionate about the customer experience and ensuring that his team deliver on the promises they make. This is fundamental to building a reputation and growing a business.”