Ben Miller to head up new national land development team

ilke Homes has set up its own national development team to offer high-quality housing end-to-end – from land purchase through to planning and delivery. The new team will be headed up by Ben Miller, who joins from housebuilder Crest Nicholson.

CEO Dave Sheridan explains the move: “Considerable momentum is building around modular and other off-site construction techniques to significantly step up housebuilding in the UK.

“Homes England’s new strategic partnerships with registered housing providers have put money behind accelerated build programmes, with a focus on deploying modern methods of construction to deliver new and better homes faster. This has created unprecedented demand for our offering and a need to support our clients across the whole development cycle.”

The rapid growth in demand for the company’s modular houses comes from local authorities, housing associations, developers and from institutional investors into the private rental sector (PRS).

Adding 1000 homes per annum

ilke Homes’s new land development offering will be operational from May 2019 and will cover mixed-tenure developments, with a focus on offering turn-key delivery to existing clients who are looking to accelerate the pace of their development efforts within existing resources, together with investors and land owners. It will in particular support clients who have limited capacity in house.

Ben Miller is setting up the new team and will make further appointments in the coming months. He joins from Crest Nicholson, where he was managing director of the developer’s Midlands business.

Ben brings with him considerable experience building land development businesses in the South West, South East and the Midlands. He has a proven track record of fostering partnerships with key stakeholders, deploying the technical and design ability needed to deliver planning permissions within a defined business plan.

In his new role at ilke Homes, Ben’s target is to add a further 1000 homes per annum to the company’s current output.

Dave Sheridan comments on the appointment: “With Ben we’re putting a true powerhouse at the heart of our new land development offering. He built Crest Nicholson’s Midlands business from scratch and turned it into their highest performing region. He clearly knows how to make things happen. We’re genuinely chuffed that we can make this great talent available to our clients, helping them deliver better homes faster.”

Ben Miller adds: “Quality and scale is what ilke Homes excels at and I’m excited by the prospect of making a real difference quickly. The factory in North Yorkshire can precision-manufacture houses at volume, adding much-needed capacity to the UK housebuilding sector. It’ll be my team’s mission to find and develop the perfect places for these fantastic houses, addressing the  country’s desperate need for quality housing.”