We cut our teeth on projects such as the Triangle in Swindon, which we completed in 2011, and Applewood in Stroud, where we built carefully-crafted, contemporary homes set amidst plentiful landscaped space.
As the business grew we set out to develop a more collaborative relationship with investors and customers. We financed this expansion and brought 650 new investors into the business through a world record crowd fund in 2013.
HAB is now fully established as one of the highest profile custom builders in the UK and are active members of the National Custom and Self Build Association. This repositioning has gone hand in hand with a change in the way we deliver our projects. We have established our own delivery team: rather than entering into contract with a third party we now build our projects ourselves.
We take a more collaborative approach, targeting customers early in the design process and working with them to deliver a home which suits their budget, lifestyle and tastes. Whilst the broad principles of the designs were established through the planning process the detail – particularly with regard to internal layout, specification and customer upgrades – are being developed in conversation with purchasers. HAB’s customer-led approach has proved attractive to purchasers with both live schemes fully reserved and off plan.
We are currently involved in the concept/feasibility stages for several large-scale custom build projects across the UK and have just won a Bristol City Council competition to deliver a 161-home custom build scheme with the housing group United Communities in Southmead.
HAB is recognised as a leader in sustainable development, favouring a fabric-first approach to environmental construction with a focus on biodiversity, edible landscapes and sustainable drainage. We adopt an intelligent balanced, holistic approach in line with One Planet Living principles and we're committed to ensuring that our homes are economic and efficient to run.
We use materials and products which have low environmental impact and they also need to be affordable, durable, readily available and easy to maintain. On all HAB schemes we view water management through porous paving, swales and the like as fundamental, not only in practical and environmental terms but also in terms of aesthetics and amenity space. Oh, and our streets are all fruity.
From day one, HAB has been consistently recognised for its outstanding contribution to high quality, sustainable development across the South West of England, notching up an impressive and continuing list of awards and commendations for every one of our built projects, from the Sunday Times British Home Awards to the Architects’ Journal. We aim for that list to get a lot longer as we go on.
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