Thames Valley: David Wilson Homes Southern contributes £104m to economy

Leading housebuilder David Wilson Homes Southern, based in Hungerford, has built 642 homes in its operational area during the past year and contributed over £104 million to the UK’s economic output.

The achievements are highlighted in a new report which measures the housebuilder’s social and economic contribution to the region over the past financial year (July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019).

The housebuilder covers Berkshire, Hampshire and Oxfordshire.

Included within the company’s socio-economic footprint are key figures relating to the company’s support for the housebuilding supply chain, local communities, environment, public services and employment.

The figures revealed the housebuilder:

  • Supported over 1,600 jobs directly and through its contractors and suppliers
  • Directly employed 11 new graduates, trainees and apprentices
  • Supported 250 subcontractor companies and 380 supplier companies
  • 90% of components used in the construction process were manufactured in the UK
  • Planted or retained over 1,400 trees or shrubs on its developments
  • Spent £5.4m on local contributions including the Community Infrastructure Levy and s106 contributions

Paul Crispin, David Wilson Homes Southern’s managing director, said: “As a five-star housebuilder, we are very aware of the vital role we play in helping to boost the local economy.

“We are committed to a strategy that includes leaving a positive and lasting legacy in the communities in which we build homes.

“This can be through anything including job creation, strengthening surrounding businesses or enhancing and protecting the local environment.

“We are very proud to be a major force in the growth and prosperity of the region, and look forward to continuing our work in 2020.”

The report on David Wilson Homes’ socio-economic footprint in 2019 was carried out by Lichfields planning and development consultancy.