THE private housing development arm of a North East social landlord has bought itself a local building contractor.
Thirteen Homes, part of Thirteen Group, has acquired 100% of the Hartlepool-based Gus Robinson Developments Limited (GRD), in a deal which is intended to strengthen its delivery of new homes throughout the North of England.
The acquisition will not only help Thirteen Homes build more homes for outright sale, it is also expected to assist the wider group to deliver more affordable and specialist housing schemes across the region.
“As one of our long-standing construction partners we have always been impressed with the quality of homes delivered by Gus Robinson Developments,” said Ian Wardle, Thirteen Group’s chief executive. “We are convinced that as part of Thirteen the company will flourish further and play a more significant role in the development of the North of England’s housing requirements for us and other organisations that need construction and building services.”
GRD employs 50 people and its revenues for the current financial year are forecast to be in the region of £25 million. Aside from its long-standing relationship with Thirteen, the company has delivered construction projects for local authorities, health trusts, and private businesses.
Founded in 1976, the business has been owned by Dan Robinson and his mother Judith since the death of his father, Gus, in 2011. Since then, it has been under the stewardship a management team led by managing director Steve Bell and finance director Jeanette Henderson.
Despite the new ownership, GRD will continue to trade under its own brand, from its base in Hartlepool, with its existing management team, in partnership with Thirteen Homes.
Thirteen has also pledged its support to the Gus Robinson Foundation, which helps local young people on their pathway to successful careers and sporting achievement.
“We are looking forward to working alongside Steve and the Gus Robinson Developments team, continuing to develop the company’s project capabilities and market presence,” said Craig Taylor, managing director of Thirteen Homes. “We are also exceptionally proud that Thirteen will continue to support the Gus Robinson legacy through the foundation, which provides invaluable support and opportunities for young people in the region.”
GRD’s Bell added: “Over the last five years, the business has become a major delivery partner to affordable housing providers and private developers in the North East. This work will continue and as part of Thirteen Group, I have no doubt that the business will continue to go from strength to strength. Thirteen Group have an exciting development programme and the team at Gus Robinson are looking forward to delivering many new homes for Thirteen Group, as well as other organisations, over the coming years.”
Dan Robinson said: “It was always at the forefront of our minds when we entered this process that we sold the business to an organisation that embodied similar values to those that have underpinned Gus Robinson Developments throughout the company’s incredible journey. In Thirteen Group, I am delighted to say we have found that organisation.”