Industry visionary Joseph Homes has appointed Ross Stewart as Head of Land, in a pivotal move that represents the developer’s ambition for rapid growth. The award-winning B Corporation® (B Corp™) certified business, awarded for taking a holistic view on impact and reward, whilst prioritising people and the planet, is looking to maximise opportunities to create better homes and spaces, fit for the changing world. This appointment follows recent good news for the developer whose landmark regeneration scheme Albion Waterside was unanimously approved by Gravesham council for the creation of 1,500 new homes, bars, restaurants and cafes using the latest in sustainable design and technology. This transformative development will help towards the borough’s target of becoming carbon neutral by 2030 with over 65% of the site designed as open space.
The appointment of Ross Stewart will support the developer’s goal of delivering quality-driven homes and spaces. Through a proactive strategy to pursue land opportunities, Joseph Homes will have a greater opportunity to make meaningful impact on the planet and local communities. Stewart’s appointment will take immediate effect, leading with initiative to acquire more land to meet the company’s five-year business plan.
Michael Bryn-Jones, Managing Director of Joseph Homes comments, “We are extremely pleased to have Ross joining us at Joseph Homes, enhancing our senior team with the expertise to source and secure more diverse land opportunities. We are a very passionate and motivated outfit, and in Ross, we recognised someone who not only matches our hunger for growth but also more importantly, aligns with our vision to champion change in the built environment through actions, not just words.
“As a business, we have made great strides in disrupting a sector that is known for being rigid, introducing sustainable build methods, whilst prioritising occupier wellness. This is all about demonstrating that businesses have responsibilities – and I am proud to say that as we continue to grow, so does our activism to make an impactful change. With Ross as the Head of Land for Joseph Homes, he will provide us with more opportunities to amplify our message of a cleaner, greener built environment and allow us to bring more people and communities together in a safer and happier way.”
Joseph Homes is dedicated to creating more mindful and sustainable spaces. This way of thinking is central to the developer’s founding principles as set out in its Live Well® manifesto, a bold, industry-defining set of guidelines that drives everything the company does.
Ross Stewart, Head of Land, Joseph Homes comments, “It’s refreshing to be part of an energetic team where there’s an honest determination to promote a sustainable approach to residential development. Our clear sense of responsibility for our colleagues, our customers and our community is inspiring. It will encourage me to approach opportunities differently and enable me to communicate the company’s progressive ethos and importantly its competitive edge to the wider industry.
“It’s exciting to be part of team with such a compelling mission statement but also ambitious targets and a desire to succeed, which is exactly the sort of environment a land buyer wants to be in. I’m looking forward to contributing to the growth plans here, finding new sites and ultimately using my experience to get deals over the line”.
As part of its mission, Joseph Homes has pledged to deliver a portfolio of entirely energy positive buildings by 2025 spanning new homes, student housing, industrial, and occupied offices. The developer was one of the first 100 companies worldwide, to sign the World Green Building Council’s Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment. This is a proactive promise towards decarbonising the built environment, at a time when Green Building Council figures show that the UK construction industry wastes circa 25% (100 million tonnes) of material each year and 40% of the UK’s total carbon footprint comes from households.