Impact developer takes important step towards delivering homes at scale for the region

BBRC Homes has appointed Richie Miller as its new Development Director as of June 2021. Richie will lead the BBRC Homes team to deliver its ambition of building 500 new homes in the region by 2026.

Richie joins BBRC Homes after a 14-year career in the Military where he was a Major in the Royal Logistic Corps. He aims to make BBRC Homes a leading developer and financier of homes in the Bristol and Bath area.

Richie said:

“I am passionate about making a difference to where and how people live and believe an inclusive local community is the cornerstone to driving regional success. BBRC Homes is all about creating healthy, sustainable and mixed communities and I am eager to help grow this vision. More than just a house, I believe that owning your own home or being able to live in a safe and stable home can you give you the freedom to live how you want and pursue your dream life.”

Alongside his army career, Richie is also an entrepreneur and award-winning landlord, building from scratch a property portfolio which includes a 48 bed co-living tower block.

Ed Rowberry, Chief Executive of Bristol & Bath Regional Capital, parent company of BBRC Homes, which runs the £10m impact investment fund Bristol City Funds, said:

“Richie joins the team at a very exciting time, with a large project pipeline and will take the business to the next level.”

BBRC Homes is an ‘impact developer’ – building high-impact and mixed housing, through partnership with a range of organisations.

BBRC Homes is delivering, alongside partners Cheyne Social Property Impact Fund, United Communities Housing Association and Bristol City Council, the award-winning 161-home ‘Elderberry Walk’ project in Southmead, Bristol (below).

Aerial image of Elderberry Walk under construction

Aerial of Elderberry Walk under construction

The project uses highly sustainable construction, 70% of the homes built will be available at sub-market rates and six different tenures will be provided, creating a truly mixed community.

BRRC Homes now has a project pipeline of hundreds of homes, many of which in partnership with land-owning community groups, faith groups and small housing associations. One example is a collaboration with Elim Housing Association and Haven Community CLG, a charity in Knowle West (Bristol), that runs a day centre for adults with disabilities and learning difficulties. This project would result in demolition of the existing run-down day centre and build in its place a modern, purpose-built day centre facility and affordable supported housing for the Haven’s client group.

BBRC Homes is well-capitalised and able to move quickly on property and land opportunities. The team is looking to acquire more sites, with or without planning with capacity for up to 100 homes or to talk to land-owning groups to help make your vision a reality.

 

For further information, interviews and case studies, please contact:
Stephen Le Fanu
07587 267 977
Stephenlefanu@bab-rc.uk