Former Hillcrest Homes MD on board
First development supported by Together
Westshield appointed as main contractor
Calder Peel appointed as architect
A Chartered Surveyor who for many years led Sainsbury’s store development programme in the North West and Northern England & Wales has launched a luxury home building business in partnership with his son and commenced work on a £15 million new development of thirty family homes near Knutsford with the support of specialist lender, Together.
Nicholas Harvey Ratcliffe has over three decades of experience in the property industry. Retained by Sainsbury’s, he was responsible for part of its multi-billion pound property portfolio and developed and implemented the supermarket chain’s strategy for site acquisition, planning, store refurbishment and expansion before establishing his own specialist property development and investment companies.
Together with son Thomas Harvey Ratcliffe, a Director and equal shareholder, they have launched The Harvey Homes Group to deliver high quality residential developments in prime locations across South Manchester and the North West.
Helping them achieve this aim is former Hillcrest Homes Managing Director, Michael Kennedy. Michael was at Hillcrest for 17 years and steered the brand from relative obscurity to being recognised as a leading provider of original luxury residences, winning awards including Best Residential Development, Best One-Off Home in the Country and Best Luxury Property in the process. Prior to that, Michael was Director of Land and New Homes at Countrywide and a non-executive Director of Equity Housing for six years.
Harvey Homes’ first development occupies a four-acre site on the edge of the village of Lower Peover and will be marketed as ‘Swan Green’. Award-winning architecture practice, Calder Peel, has been appointed to create nine different house designs for the scheme, ranging from two bedroom terraced properties to large five bedroom detached homes.
Nine of the homes have been dedicated as Affordable Housing and pre-sold to Heylo Housing, with five available via shared ownership and four available for rent. The entire scheme will be marketed by Harvey Homes working solely with Knutsford based estate agents, Stuart Rushton & Co.
Infrastructure works commenced last week with main contractor, Bredbury based Westshield, moving on site. Bell Munro Consulting has been appointed as Civil and Structural Engineers and Bowdon based Baker Hollingworth as QS and clients representative.
Says Nicholas Harvey Ratcliffe, “Entrepreneurism is in our blood; in 1887 William Harvey, my Great Grandfather, was employed as a farm worker just outside Southwold in Suffolk. He was only 18 years old but managed to borrow £400 from Barclays Bank to commission a wooden hulled fishing trawler. He set to sea and this is where the family first achieved financial success.
“The world is forever changing and you need good people to change with it. Tom and I are very serious about establishing Harvey Homes as a leading luxury homebuilder and have the perfect high calibre team on board to achieve that goal. Collectively, we have nearly seventy years of property experience and a skill set that excels in the critical areas of new home development, site identification, planning, acquisition and implementation. Our professional expertise and network of contacts is second to none. That’s a formidable foundation upon which to form a new homes division.
“Swan Green is the first of many exceptional developments from Harvey Homes. We are actively looking for more opportunities and will recognise all site introductions in the usual manner,” Nicholas adds.
For more information on Harvey Homes and Swan Green, or to discuss any land or development opportunities please visit www.harvey-homes.co.uk