Barratt highlights social and economic contribution to Scotland

Douglas McLeod

BARRATT Developments has announced it delivered a £227 million boost to the UK economy over the past year.

The housebuilder, which includes Barratt Homes and David Wilson Homes, built 1,729 new homes in Scotland during that period, helping to support more than 3,700 jobs.

Barratt added that it has contributed £7 million to help build local facilities and infrastructure in communities surrounding its new developments. More than £33 million was spent on physical works benefiting communities, including highway and environmental improvements.

The achievements are highlighted in Barratt Scotland’s latest Social Economic Footprint report, which measures the group’s social and economic contribution to Scotland. Other highlights included the direct employment of 53 new graduates, trainees and apprentices; the planting or retention of 45,110 trees or shrubs on its developments; and the fact that 99% of its construction waste was recycled.

Douglas McLeod, regional managing director for Scotland at Barratt Developments said, “Housebuilding has the potential to positively impact many aspects of our society and economy. At Barratt, we are committed to realising that potential. Not only are we building homes to meet demand, we are helping to create and support jobs, generate economic value, build stronger communities and safeguard the environment. On this last point, it is particularly pleasing to see that we now recycle nearly all of our construction waste from our sites in Scotland, an important measure of our standing as the nation’s leading sustainable housebuilder.”