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1950s

The Barratt story begins in 1953. Sir Lawrie Barratt, then a young accountant, couldn’t afford to buy the house he wanted so built one himself instead. The four-bedroom home in Newcastle upon Tyne cost £1,750 and led to the formation of his first company in 1958.

1968

During the 1960s the company grew steadily, establishing its roots in the North East before becoming listed on the London Stock Exchange in 1968.

1974

After rapid expansion in the early 1970s through acquisitions and the creation of new companies, Barratt is now “building houses to make homes in” on over 100 developments throughout England and Scotland and selling more than 3,000 new homes a year.

1977

The Mayfair one-bedroom house is launched to meet a growing need for affordable new homes. It cost £7,000 and could be bought on just £9.00 a week mortgage – far less than renting.

1978

The company is the first housebuilder to use TV advertising. A series of ads featuring actor Patrick Allen and the famous helicopter turn Barratt into a household name.

1979

Barratt builds over 10,000 new homes for the first time and becomes Britain’s No 1 housebuilder.

1980s

During the decade the company sold over 100,000 homes across the UK, more than any other housebuilder, and unveiled the Barratt Premier Collection of 50 brand new designs to suit all market sectors.

1981

Barratt launches the Studio Solo – Britain's first fully-furnished, fully-fitted and fully-decorated mortgageable one-person home – and within hours sales offices were inundated with inquiries. More than 800 homes were snapped up within four months.

1982

We open the first housing development in London Docklands and have been consistently active there ever since, completing more than 50 schemes and providing thousands of homes for rent, shared ownership and sale.

1983

Barratt has been at the leading edge of urban regeneration for more than 40 years. This pioneering project in Toxteth, Liverpool transformed a troubled estate into modern, affordable homes and was the first of its kind in the UK.

1985

Dulwich Gate, London SE21: this exclusive development of Georgian-style luxury homes was acclaimed as one of the capital’s finest post-war housing developments. Margaret Thatcher, then Prime Minister, bought a home here.

1990s

Barratt introduced part exchange to the property market back in 1971. In the 1990s we introduced the Oakleaf brand, through which we sell these older homes at competitive prices and with benefits usually available only on new homes.

1991

Diana, Princess of Wales officially opened St Peter’s Marina Village at Newcastle upon Tyne, a new community of 361 homes and offices which spearheaded the revitalisation of the city’s Quayside.

1995

New top-of-the-range Premier Collection house styles are introduced with the opening of a show village in Northampton and the company celebrates another milestone – the sale of the 200,000th Barratt home in Britain.

1996

Design quality: this magnificent crescent of classically-styled homes at Lakeside Grange, Weybridge, Surrey was voted the overall winner in a national building design competition.

1999

Barratt London is the capital’s market-leading residential developer with over 30 years’ experience. This superb scheme with outstanding river views on the Isle of Dogs was the only residential building shortlisted in the Royal Fine Art Commission’s Building of the Year Awards.

2003

As well as building traditional house styles, we work with dynamic architects to produce contemporary designs like this high-profile development in Cardiff Bay, which confound perceptions about volume housebuilders and are recognised by scores of industry awards.

2005

We developed the Barratt iPad apartment to help bridge the growing affordability gap for first-time buyers. It provides good living space, an open-plan fitted kitchen, separate double bedroom, full bathroom and a private balcony.

2006

The Barratt EcoSmart show village opened at Chorley, Lancashire, where we tested ‘green’ technologies such as wind, solar and geothermal power on seven family homes in the first project of its kind by a major UK housebuilder.

2007

Barratt Developments acquires Wilson Bowden PLC, comprising David Wilson Homes, a national housebuilder with a reputation for high-quality family homes; Ward Homes, a strong regional brand in Kent and the South East; Wilson Bowden Developments, commercial property developers.

2008

Our prototype “Barratt Green House” is unveiled. This is the first Code for Sustainable Homes Level 6 house built by a major homebuilder and provides valuable insights into how zero-carbon homes can be constructed.

2009

Following on from the Green House project, work starts on 185 energy-efficient homes at Hanham Hall, Bristol. Due for completion in 2015, the development will be England’s first large-scale housing scheme to achieve the Government’s 2016 zero-carbon standard.

2013

Our site managers around the country scooped 102 Quality Awards for outstanding workmanship in the annual NHBC Pride in the Job competition – the highest number ever won by a single company.

2014

We completed our 400,000th home and to mark the milestone, we will plant 400,000 trees and shrubs over the next 18 months. The oak tree is important to Barratt: as well as representing our commitment to sustainability, it is at the heart of our logo.

2016

The Barratt Group again achieved the maximum five-star rating in the annual Home Builders Federation customer satisfaction survey. This was the seventh year running that Barratt has won the top rating – the only major national housebuilder do so.

5 Star home builder customer satisfaction - HBF 2015