Berkeley Group Holdings

The Berkeley Group Holdings plc is a British property developer based in Cobham, Surrey. It is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index.

Berkeley Group Holdings plc
Public limited company
Traded asLSE: BKG
FTSE 100 Component
Founded1976 (1976)
HeadquartersCobham, Surrey, United Kingdom
Key people
Tony Pidgley
(Group chairman)
Rob Perrins
(Group managing director)
Revenue £2,703.7 million (2018)[1]
£779.6 million (2018)[1]
£762.1 million (2018)[1]
Number of employees
2,617 (2018)[1]


The company was founded by Tony Pidgley[2] and Jim Farrer in Weybridge in 1976 as Berkeley Homes, a name borne by regional subsidiaries. Pidgley (the dominant partner) and Farrer had previously run the housing division of Crest Homes and it was their aim to focus on executive housing on single plots or small sites.[3] Over the next few years, Berkeley expanded across the home counties and while building less than a hundred houses a year, it floated its shares on the Unlisted Securities Market in 1984.[3]

After the flotation, Berkeley expanded geographically to the west, the south midlands and East Anglia; it also formed a joint venture, St George, to build in central London. By 1988, Berkeley was building over six hundred executive homes a year. By then Pidgley was aware of the overheating in the housing market and sold houses aggressively to realise cash. For two years the company did no more than break even but its cash position was strong and in 1991 it was able to purchase the Manchester-based Crosby Homes[4] and the outstanding fifty percent of St George; Berkeley began buying large development sites at depressed prices. The 1990s was the decade in which Berkeley moved its operational orientation to major urban regeneration sites in London, Birmingham, Manchester and other northern cities.[5]

In the early 2000s, Berkeley refined its strategy to concentrate primarily on relatively large scale urban redevelopments in the London area. In 2003 it announced the deferred sale of Crosby Homes. The reduction in scale was intended to generate surplus cash and 2004 saw a scheme of arrangement to return £1.45m to shareholders.[5]

In April 2014 the Group won the Queen's Award for Sustainable Development for a second year.[6] In 2012, the Berkeley Group sustained 16,000 jobs and generated £2.6 billion of economic activity in Britain. At the time of the award the company had collected a 98% customer satisfaction rate in its data for the previous twelve months. Current releases of new builds are described on its website.[7] In 2015, the company won Large Developer of the Year at the RESI awards organised by Property Week.[8]


The company specialises in residential work: neighbourhoods, large or small under brands:

Berkeley Homes has built some notable examples of architecturally iconic, high-specification apartment towers in Central London. 2014 projects include its 1 Blackfriars skyscraper which provides a counterbalance to Shard to the east.[9] In smaller operations it runs urban redevelopment programmes via Berkeley Community Villages and constructs in commercial property via Berkeley Commercial. Another subsidiary, Berkeley First, builds student and key worker accommodation. The operational subsidiaries include Berkeley Homes plc, which plans the largest estates and hires contractors with responsibility for management of communal areas unless and until taken over by residents' Right to Manage companies. The developer imposes covenants to retain value across homes in its neighbourhoods.[10]

Large examples of operations include community facilities with village-sized neighbourhoods which are green-buffered and constructed closes of apartments and houses, such as in Bracknell. One of its largest plans to date is that of November 2013, reaching consultation stage for 750 new homes, a primary school, extra care facility, roads, landscaping and local shops to be constructed on mixed use land to expand Warfield, a small mixed rural and suburban civil parish of the Bracknell post town, beside the town's computing and headquarters business parks.[11] In London developments include Wimbledon Hill Park and Royal Arsenal Riverside in Woolwich.[12][13]

In April 2014 a press released stated that the group would 'shortly be announcing a set of new business commitments as part of its rolling 10-year plan'.[6]

Notes and references

  1. Joint venture company co-owned with the Prudential Assurance Company who in turn are steered by their fund manager, M&G Real Estate. Mostly mid-to-high rise riverside.
  2. Mostly redevelopments in London
  3. Premium, sustainable architecture
  4. Joint venture company co-owned with National Grid plc. Mostly premium redevelopments on brownfield land
  1. "Final Results Announcement 2018" (PDF). Berkeley Group Holdings. Retrieved 2 March 2019.
  2. Father, son square up for Berkeley Battle, The Telegraph, 18 February 2003
  3. Company Prospectus
  4. Rights issue and Crosby offer document 1991
  5. Wellings, Fred: Dictionary of British Housebuilders (2006) Troubador. ISBN 978-0-9552965-0-5
  6. "Berkeley wins Queen's Award for sustainable development" 21 April 2014. Berkeley Group. Retrieved 14 May 2014.
  7. "New Homes & Property Development – Designed for Life – Berkeley Group". Retrieved 23 March 2015.
  8. "RESI Awards 2016". Retrieved 6 February 2017.
  9. "Berkeley Wins Beetham Boomerang Bid". 21 October 2011.
  10. "Freehold, Right to Manage, JIRA & Managing Agents". Jacobs Island Residents Association. Retrieved 19 March 2016.
  11. "Emerging proposals by Berkeley Homes... Archived 15 May 2014 at the Wayback Machine November 2013. Bracknell Forest Council. Retrieved 14 May 2014.
  12. "Property Hotspots along District Line" London Evening Standard Homes and Property domain. Retrieved 14 May 2014
  13. "Royal Arsenal Riverside". Berkeley Homes. Retrieved 1 March 2017.
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