|Headquarters||Goldsel Road, Swanley, Kent BR8 8EX, UK|
|Key people||Stephen Halbert, Chairman
Jeffrey Adams, Group Chief Executive
|Revenue||£201 million (2010)|
|Operating income||£11.6 million (2010)|
United House is a property development company based in the United Kingdom. It the leading housing PFI contractor in the UK and is active in construction of new private and social housing, urban regeneration and refurbishment.
Geoffrey Granter founded the company in 1964 as Harp Heating. The initial core business was installing central heating in council housing while the tenants remained in occupation. Harp Heating broadened this service into an internal refurbishment product for the GLC, installing a package of heating, bathroom, kitchen and electrical works in four days. To achieve this they developed highly organised logistics arrangements, and this remains a distinctive feature of the company's services, distributing materials on a just in time basis from its 100,000 sq ft warehouse adjacent to the head office at Swanley.
After Jeffrey Adams joined the company in 1981, becoming its joint owner with Granter, the company changed its name and expanded into housebuilding and general renovation. In the 1990s, the company won substantial business under the Private Finance Initiative linked to the Decent Homes Programme, and building of new social under the Blair-Brown government.
In 2010, Granter retired from the business and Steven Halbert joined the board as Chairman. Lloyds TSB Development Capital (LDC) invested a minority stake and RBS provided bank loans to fund further expansion in inner city private housebuilding.
The company has won many awards including the Daily Telegraph British Homes Awards 2011 for the housing project at Clapham One, and 2010 Development of the Year for Arundel Square, Islington.
Other notable projects
The company carried out the conversion of Frobisher Crescent at the Barbican, the original location of the Cass Business School, into residential use. It was also involved in the Central St Giles mixed-use development in Covent Garden.
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- About us: Awards
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- "British Homes Awards 2010". Archived from the original on 2011-10-12. Retrieved 2011-10-12.
- "British Homes Awards 2009". Archived from the original on 2011-10-12. Retrieved 2011-10-12.