LEADING housebuilder Miller Homes has announced the promotion of Patrick Arkle to regional managing director, whilst also unveiling plans for 584 new homes in the North East.
With 28 years’ experience in the housebuilding industry, Patrick Arkle has been promoted from operations director to regional managing director in recognition of his efforts in driving forward growth in the region.
During his time as operations director, Miller Homes has experienced great success in the region and over the coming months a number of new sites will be added to its current portfolio of 10 North East developments.
Set to be built over the next six years as Miller Homes increases its presence across the region, work on three new sites will commence this year, creating over 140 new direct and indirect roles. These will include eight opportunities for apprentices looking to build a strong future in the construction industry, while also safeguarding up to 80 jobs in the region.
New homes will be created in areas such as Hadston Road in Hadston, located next to Miller Homes’ former Beachcroft development; Victoria Road West in Hebburn; and Brookfield Phase 2 in Acklam. The developments will cater for a wide variety of buyers from those looking to purchase their first home to growing families and downsizers.
With plans to complete nearly 400 homes in 2017 at its new and existing developments, Miller Homes in the North East has seen a strong start to the year with over 80% of its released plots already reserved. By 2019 the leading housebuilder plans to be building 600 new homes per year.
Miller Homes has also recently launched three new developments in Bedlington, Cramlington and Middleton St George, whilst making a number of additional key promotions amongst its senior management team in the North East. Associate directors Mark Bayliss and Andrew Finnigan have been promoted to technical and commercial directors respectively.
Andrew, 38, from Northumberland, joined Miller Homes in 2000 as a quantity surveyor before rising through the ranks. With 21 years’ experience, Andrew will be responsible for the day-to-day running of the commercial and procurement functions, whilst working closely with the Land Team to assist in the preparation of land appraisals of potential new sites.
Growing up in the industry as his father has a construction business, Mark, 33, from Sunderland, joined Miller Homes straight from sixth form as a trainee assistant engineer in 2002.
As part his new role, Mark will be responsible for the technical appraisal of new sites, whilst making sure they are progressed through the planning system as well as ensuring that developments are well-designed to meet the needs of Miller Homes customers and safety and design standards.
Steve Birch, area managing director in charge of Miller Homes’ across the North of England, said: “The start of 2017 has been an extremely busy time for Miller Homes in the North East, both in terms of building new homes, reservations and the purchasing of new land, and we are pleased to announce Patrick, Mark and Andrew’s promotions.
“Patrick has been instrumental in driving forward our recent growth and success in the region and as he continues to support the expansion of the business, he is focussed on developing and enhancing the team through internal promotions and new appointments as well as creating opportunities for apprentices.”
Patrick added: “As our portfolio of developments continues to increase we are looking to upskill and develop our team over the coming months, which is already made up of some extremely talented individuals including Mark and Andrew. We also have a number of new appointments on the horizon.
“As part of our dedication to building quality new homes whilst creating sustainable communities in desirable locations across the North East of England, we have set out ambitious plans to complete nearly 400 homes in 2017 and to increase this figure to 600 new homes per year by 2019.”
Miller Homes current North East developments include Broadoaks in Bedlington, Barley Meadows in Cramlington, Wheatfields in Seaton Delaval, Portland Wynd in Blyth, Heritage Green in Backworth, Park View in Gateshead, Scholars Gate in Shiney Row, Clairville Grange in Middlesbrough, Wheatlands Chase in Redcar and Hunters Fold in Middleton St George.
For more information on Miller Homes North East call 03300 371 997 or visit www.millerhomes.co.uk/locations/north-east-of-england.