Barratt warns of quality threat

Increasing new home volumes too quickly could lead to a fall in quality, warned Barratt ceo David Thomas at a Housing Delivery Summit held last month.

Thomas said that Barratt was keen to increase volumes further through launching new divisions and growing existing regions, but said there was a trade off between volume and quality. “We can build a lot of houses but there is a question mark over whether we can build a lot of houses of suffi cient quality.” He pointed out that a high volume of houses were built in the 1960s and 1970s but few would say they were all of suffi cient quality.

Thomas said that modern methods of construction would form part of the solution and said that the fi rm had set a target of 20% of its output to be MMC by 2020. However he said that traditional brick and block was not set to change fundamentally in the future

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