What's happening at Bovis Homes

Here's a selection of our latest press releases

Image for Vistry Group helps source vital equipment for Wellingborough medical surgery

Vistry Group has helped supply a Wellingborough medical centre with vital face masks for NHS frontline workers.

The housebuilding group – which includes Bovis Homes and Linden Homes – rallied around its subcontractors to support Abbey Medical Practice, on Irthlingborough Road, which is just minutes from Bovis Homes’ Wendelburie Rise location at Stanton Cross.

A GP at the practice contacted Vistry Northern Home Counties asking the regional office, in Milton Keynes, for help to obtain FFP3 masks for healthcare workers assessing Coron... more

Image for Bovis Homes supports Hedgehog Awareness Week by launching exciting competition

As part of Hedgehog Awareness Week, a national housebuilder is running a social media competition to help raise awareness of these iconic creatures and how to care for them, in conjunction with the British Hedgehog Preservation Society.

The 2020 awareness week runs from 3-9th May and Bovis Homes – part of the Vistry Group – asked its Facebook followers to share videos and photographs with the housebuilder, to show how people look after hedgehogs in their gardens at home.

The housebuilder received more than 50 entries for the competition and will be sharing nine of its favourites throughout Hedgehog Awareness Week on the company Facebook page. The two entries with the most likes and shares by 11th May, will be crowned... more

Image for Work re-starts at Vistry Group locations with safety the priority

View our video: Work re-started at many Vistry Group new-build locations across the country on Monday, 27th April, with the housebuilder committed to making the safety of colleagues, customers, contractors and communities an absolute priority.

Activities are being carried out by the housebuilder in a controlled and phased manner, with site managers and small teams initially preparing the sites, followed by the first contractors returning to re-start the work under enhanced guidelines from Government, Public Health England and the Health and Safety Executive.

Keith Carnegie, executive director at Vistry Group, said: “The safety of our people, our customers and the communities in which we operate, is our absolute number one priority. We are carrying work out in accordance with safe operating procedures that have been developed in accordance with advice from Public ... more

Image for Vistry Group exchanges contracts on 200-home location by Met Office in Exeter

Vistry Group has exchanged conditional contracts to build 200 homes next to the Met Office in Exeter as part of a joint venture with a Devon-based property development firm.

The national housebuilding company, which includes Bovis Homes and Linden Homes and has regional headquarters in the city, has negotiated terms with Salter Property on the Hill Barton deal.

The 11.2-acre location could include 170 houses and 30 flats, including affordable housing, if outline planning consent is secured. Construction would start in 2021 and would be the housebuilding group’s fourth locati... more

Image for Army Major swaps housebuilder day job for London Ambulance Service volunteer role

An Army Major from Hook Norton has swapped housebuilder offices for the London Ambulance Service NHS Trust as he volunteers his operational expertise.

Military Liaison Officer James Davis, land manager at Vistry Group – which includes Vistry

Partnerships, Bovis Homes and Linden Homes – is based at LAS headquar... more

Image for Keen cyclist Carl to ride 100km as Sutton Coldfield friends raise funds for NHS workers

A keen cyclist who works at a national housebuilder will join a group of friends from Sutton Coldfield taking part in a 100km bike ride to raise thousands of pounds to support NHS frontline workers.

Carl Watkins, technical co-ordinator at Bovis Homes – part of the newly-formed Vistry Group – will take part in the 12-strong team challenge, starting in Walmley, as they aim to hit a £2,000 target.

The group, which hopes to ride in July, are raising the funds for NHS Charities Together and formed after the organiser was inspired by his partner, a nurse who is working in a c... more

Image for New-build site manager turns firefighter to help Tewkesbury ambulance crews battle Covid-19

A new-build site manager from Tewkesbury is helping to free-up ambulance workers so that they can focus on life-critical calls, during his volunteer work as an on-call firefighter.

Tim McVicker, a site manager at Bovis Homes – part of the newly-formed Vistry Group – is set to drive ambulances around the county to co-respond and transfer patients to support South Western Ambulance Service staff.

The Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service (GFRS) crew manager, who has been based at Tewkesbury Community Fire and Rescue Station for 14 years, is also delivering PPE and food as he works 1... more

Image for A guide to preparing for a move after lockdown

If you’re considering a home move after lockdown, it’s the perfect time to begin those preparations, with plenty of practical steps for buyers and sellers to take now, saving valuable time ready for the rejuvenation of the market.

For those looking to buy a new home, there is lots of ‘homework’ that can be done from the comfort of your living room, and for sellers looking to part exchange a property, lockdown provides the opportunity to get sale-ready.

Spring is traditionally a time when people think about moving, and you can still focus on this …only in a slightly different way! So, we’ve prepared some tips for using your sp... more

Image for Castleford volunteer steps up to give back to local NHS who helped her survive cancer

A Castleford-based health and safety specialist who survived cancer is looking to give back to the NHS by volunteering to help them while she is furloughed from her day job.

Joanne Moore, safety, health and environmental advisor at Vistry Group – which includes Vistry Partnerships, Bovis Homes and Linden Homes – was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2017 and, even though she is on the NHS’ coronavirus shielded patient list, has signed up as a volunteer responder.

Joanne, from Castleford, has started work as a Check-in and Chat volunteer, having successfully registered with the NHS and downloaded the volunteering platf... more

Image for Vistry Group exchanges contracts on former RAF location in Gloucester

Vistry Group has exchanged conditional contracts with a Cheltenham-based property company to build homes at a former RAF site in Gloucester.

The national housebuilding company, which includes Bovis Homes and Linden Homes, has regional headquarters in Bishop’s Cleeve, and is set to purchase the 5.91-acre land at the former RAF Quedgeley base in the summer, from Robert Hitchins Ltd.

The site has outline planning consent for 80 homes and is south of Rudloe Drive, close to the Bovis Homes location Oaklands... more

Image for Phil and team delighted to donate vital respiratory kit to Banbury hospital

A health and safety advisor at a national housebuilder has spoken of his pride at donating vital respiratory kit to the critical care unit at a Banbury hospital.

Phil Reay, health, safety and environmental advisor at Bovis Homes – part of the newly-formed Vistry Group – said it was a great feeling to contribute to the amazing work being carried out on the front line at Horton General Hospital.

Phil worked with colleagues in the Vistry West Midlands region, including Jason Humphrey, site manager at Bovis Homes’ Longford Park location in Banbury, to deliver the £500 Versaflo kit – a battery-powered air purif... more

Image for Sales guru at national housebuilder learns from daughter as lockdown home-time fuels ambition

An ambitious sales guru at a national housebuilder is learning from her teenage daughter as she combines home schooling with her day-to-day job during the coronavirus lockdown.

Katy Beswick, field sales manager at Vistry West Midlands – including Bovis Homes and Linden Homes – is balancing her management of four new-build locations with family life, which involves helping 14-year-old Amber Kate with her studies, and walking their one-year-old cocker spaniel, Albie.

Katy, 33, from Ullesthorpe near Lutterworth, aims to become a Vistry Group sales manager and said working with her daughter was enabling her to balance her time effectively and work m... more

Image for Vistry Group boss donates PPE to Yorkshire hospital to help neighbour working in ICU

A Vistry Group regional MD has donated protective kit to the intensive care unit of a West Yorkshire hospital to help support his neighbour and the NHS colleagues working there.

Face masks and more than 1,000 packs of antibacterial wipes have been handed over to staff on the frontline at Bradford Royal Infirmary after being collected from temporarily closed Vistry Yorkshire locations.

Scott Stothard from Vistry Group – which includes Bovis Homes and Linden Homes – arranged for the collection of spare equipment from a number of developments, and further donations have been made by ... more

Image for Chamwell Centre in Gloucester receives £20,000 boost from county housebuilder

A charity for disabled children and adults in Gloucester has been presented with a donation of more than £20,000 from housebuilder Bovis Homes.

The Chamwell Centre will be a much-needed facility built in the grounds of The Milestone Special School in Longlevens, which will include a large hydrotherapy pool, plus therapy, sensory and sports equipment.

The centre is working to replace a 40-year-old hydrotherapy pool in addition to providing a café and all-ability sports, athletics, and social events for the school. Bovis Homes has now raised £40,000 towa... more

Image for Special purchase package extended to volunteers

A national housebuilder is looking to recognise the army of volunteers who have recently signed up to help the NHS, by offering them a special house buying package which will run until the end of the year.

Bovis Homes already runs an attractive purchasing package for key workers, which it has now extended to include all those who have signed up for the recent NHS volunteer scheme – as well as all those newly-classified by the Government as key workers in the battle against the coronavirus.

Bovis Homes remains open for business, even though its sites are closed under the current restrictions, and has been looking to support the national effort to combat COVID-19, actively encouraging staff who are not at work to volunteer, and helping to organise collections of critical medical kit to hospitals in different parts... more

Image for Alan and colleagues step up to help NHS workers with PPE donation to Swindon hospital

A Swindon build manager has spoken of the pride that he and his colleagues have felt at being able to help NHS workers fighting Covid-19, after donating vital equipment to a local hospital.

Build teams at Vistry Group, which includes Linden and Bovis Homes, have donated items to Great Western Hospital, after making a collection from developments in Gloucestershire and Wiltshire.

The equipment includes seven protection suits, 10 pairs of goggles, four face masks and 400 pairs of latex gloves, that the builders hope will make an effective contribution to help hardwork... more

Image for Housebuilder colleagues pay tribute to NHS staff with PPE donation to Plymouth hospital

Colleagues at a national housebuilder have donated much-needed equipment to a Plymouth hospital – and paid tribute to the fantastic work being carried out by NHS staff there.

Build teams at Vistry Group, which includes Linden and Bovis Homes, have donated masks, gloves, shoe covers and tape – to help with social distancing – to Derriford Hospital after pooling resources from locations across Devon.

Daniel Freemont, site manager at Church Walk in Newton Abbot, carefully delivered more than 50 items, including reusable masks and latex and fabric gloves, after taking a... more

Image for Finance ace at housebuilder embraces home working–walking pet Archie on exercise break!

A former finance apprentice turned manager at a national housebuilder has praised her Maidstone new-build property for its space and layout as she appreciates time at home during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Hollie May, 26, recently moved to Bovis Homes’ Catkin Gardens, in Headcorn, with husband Jack and two-year-old golden cocker spaniel, Archie, who loves the green open space at the location.

The treasury manager, who joined Bovis Homes – part of the newly-formed Vistry Group – soon after leaving school, nine years ago, said walking Archie for 30 minutes was light relief from her bus... more

Image for Bovis Homes celebrates five-star rating from the Home Builders Federation

National housebuilder Vistry Group, which includes Bovis Homes, Linden Homes and Vistry Partnerships, is proud to announce the award of a five-star rating from the Home Builders Federation, following the annual announcement of the industry’s customer satisfaction survey results.

This is the highest possible rating that the HBF can grant, and means that more than 90 per cent of customers who moved in between October 2018 and September 2019 would ‘recommend their builder to a friend’.

The award is based on the quality of the property and the service provided by the housebuilder while the customer settles into... more

Image for Marathon garden athlete thanks Vistry Group for donation as he raises £26,000 for NHS

A former international athlete who completed a marathon in his six-metre back garden has achieved his target of raising more than £26,000 for NHS charities thanks in part to a national housebuilder.

Bovis Homes – part of the newly-formed Vistry Group – answered James Campbell’s call for £300 to beat his JustGiving target, after colleagues at the housebuilder watched his heroic feat live on YouTube.

James, a former Cheltenham Town youth footballer, from Up Hatherley, completed his 6.4 metre garden marathon for NHS Charities Together in just over five hours, on hi... more

Image for National housebuilder donates much needed PPE to the NHS

One of the key pieces of kit currently sought by those on the NHS frontline are FFP3 face masks, which are also used in the housebuilding industry.

Bovis Homes is part of Vistry Group, and our construction director at Vistry Southern, Steve Ott, put out the call to local sub-contractors for any suitable spare Personal Protection Equipment and within hours received more than 100 items, including the precious masks, goggles, and protective gloves. All are now in the possession of the NHS.

“When you see the commitment and sacrifice from everyone in the NHS putting their own lives at risk, everyone in my team wanted to do anything possible to he... more