What's happening at Bovis Homes

Here's a selection of our latest press releases

Image for Young families snap up Milton Keynes new-builds as housebuilder sells 14 in 100 days

Young couples and families are among home buyers purchasing new-build properties at a housebuilder’s Milton Keynes location – with 14 homes sold in 100 days of lockdown.

Three, four and five-bedroom properties at Bovis Homes’ – which is part of the newly-formed Vistry GroupWhitehouse Park, in Crownhill, have been in high demand despite Government restrictions.

Among those purchasing properties at the location – open to visitors on an appointment-only basis – are buyers who have moved from outside the area but work in Milton Keynes and those who want a simple comm... more

Image for Sales star Sue hails housebuilder’s values as she retires after 34 years

A dedicated new-build sales specialist in Coleshill has praised her housebuilder employer for its company values as she retires from the industry after more than 34 years.

Sue Ashton, 58, senior sales administrator at Bovis Homes – part of the newly-formed Vistry Group, which also includes Linden Homes and Vistry Partnerships – joined the business on her birthday in 1986, as an administrative assistant, using an electronic memory typewriter.

The Aston Villa fan says that, while much has changed over the decades, the sense of camaraderie remains the same. She has recently been based at Vistry’s West Midlands regional headquarters at... more

Image for Home hunters could find perfect new-build in Harnham after plans get green light

Home hunters around Salisbury could soon find their perfect property after Bovis Homes was granted outline planning permission for more than 600 homes.

Bovis Homes – part of the newly-formed Vistry Group – has the green light for 640 properties in Harnham.

Work on the location, off Netherhampton Road, is set to start next year and Bovis Homes will spend more than £13million in the local community, including on education, the Salisbury Transport Strategy, a new doctors’ surgery and local air qu... more

Image for From reception desk to council chamber–ex-apprentice Ella hits major housing milestone

A former apprentice from Cheltenham, who has just secured planning approval for a development in her home town, has shown that there is more than one route into the construction industry.

Ella Hammond, 23, joined Bovis Homes as a business administration apprentice in 2014, and has now successfully managed her first planning application – for 12 new properties in Leckhampton.

With Bovis Homes now part of Vistry Group – one of the top-five housebuilders in the country – Ella took responsibility within Vistry’s Strategic Land team for the project, meeting with Cheltenham Borough Council’s case officer and working with Leckhampton and Warden Hill parish councillors to consider key elements of the plans, including the community, accessibility, affordable housi... more

Image for Old meets new: a perfect thatch!

Bovis Homes has appointed Paul Swannack Master Thatchers to thatch two new-build properties at Blackmore Meadows on the edge of Stalbridge, and work is already well underway.

The development of 120 homes has been sensitively designed to complement the surrounding area and will showcase two thatched homes, as well as local stone.

Paul Swannack from nearby Gillingham has been a master thatcher for 17 years and commented: “It’s very rare to be asked to thatch a new home so it’s wonderful to see the thatch roof take... more

Image for Dream home bought on a mobile phone! Key worker family first to reserve on new portal

View our video: Two key workers in Oxfordshire are the first in the country to reserve a new-build property on a mobile phone using a housebuilder’s innovative new online system.

Teacher Jamie Green and his wife Lucy, a mental health nurse, from Witney, used Bovis Homes’ online sales portal to reserve a spacious four-bed home, and the couple and their two young daughters are now getting set to move into Bovis Homes’ Faringdon Fields location, in Faringdon.

The housebuilder’s portal includes a simple six step process to move from registering personal details to reserving a home and pay... more

Image for Bovis Homes launches social media competition this New Homes Week to recognise key workers

This New Homes Week (Monday 20th July to Sunday 26th July), Bovis Homes is running a social media competition to recognise the amazing efforts of key workers over the past few months, in what has been an extremely challenging time.

Earlier in the year, the housebuilder extended its Key Worker scheme to include all those classed as key workers under the Covid-19 outbreak, plus those who offered their services as an NHS volunteer.

The competition aims to further demonstrate Bovis Homes’ gratitude for the collective efforts of these e... more

Image for A Sussex-based site manager with more than 20 years of experience wins national award

Valentyn Samchuk, a Sussex-based site manager working for Vistry Group, is celebrating after receiving a prestigious national award for housebuilding quality.

Valentyn received the Pride in the Job award for his work at Bovis Homes The Maples development in Ifield.

Speaking about his award, Valentyn said: “Winning Pride in The Job for me feels very special and means so much to me. I grew up in Ukraine and had never imagined that it would be possible for me to one day win such a highly recognised award in a... more

Image for Q and A with Sue Scholfield

This year, businesses around the world have changed how they operate, while working in an unknown market. Millions googled ‘furlough definition’, group meetings started taking place virtually… from home, and many companies were forced to close temporarily. With the Government easing its lockdown measures to allow the reopening of new-build sales centres, teams from Vistry – which includes Bovis and Linden Homes – had to adapt quickly, while ensuring health and safety was paramount.

Sue Scholfield, Vistry Group’s sales and marketing director, tells us what’s been going on behind the scenes and explains how the stamp duty holiday announcement is great news for homebuyers and the industry as a whole…

Sue has over 30 years’ housebuilding experience and has been a sales director for 21 years. She works for the company’s Western region that operates in Gloucestershire, Bristol, Somerse... more

Image for Great news for home hunters as Government announces Stamp Duty Holiday

Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s landmark announcement of a stamp duty holiday until the end of next March is a huge boost for home buyers that will help get people moving and save movers thousands of pounds.

The tax threshold for home purchases has been temporarily increased from £125,000 to £500,000, in a move that has been widely welcomed by home hunters and the housebuilding industry.

It means buyers could take advantage now and save up to £15,000 when they buy a... more

Image for Reserve your space at the Blackmore Meadows show home launch

Homebuyers interested in moving to Bovis Homes’ Blackmore Meadows development in Stalbridge will need to book their appointment to the show home launch to avoid disappointment.

With only a limited number of places available on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th July, viewing is strictly by appointment only, with a maximum of two people in attendance. Homebuyers will be able to enjoy a private tour of the impressive four bedroom Aspen home and get plenty of design ideas for their new property.

Dressed in a muted palette based on heritage colours, the show home uses natural materials to mirror the breath-taking surroundings and create a contemporary, ye... more

Image for Bovis Homes site manager honoured for the second year running

Bovis Homes site manager, Lee Woodward has been awarded a coveted second NHBC (National House Building Council) Pride in Job Quality Award 2020, for building homes of an exceptional quality at Pebble Beach in Seaton.

Celebrating its 40th anniversary, Pride in the Job recognises the UKs top site managers – with more than 11,000 competing for the annual awards. As well as undergoing spot checks on the day-to-day running of the sites, each candidate is assessed across 38 areas of site management, including their technical knowledge, consistency in the build process and the quality controls they have in place.

Lee has been selected as one of the best site managers in the UK, joining 450 other Quality Award winners. Commenting on the announcement, Lee said: “I feel incredibly proud to have won two years on the trot. Every morning I walk the site first thing to make sure everything looks perfect, consistency is key to me and I like the site to be tidy so it can operate effectively – the saying ‘tidy site, tidy mind’ is so true. When I started, the team would laugh at me as I was always questioning why something was where it was but now it’s at a high standard and it’s much eas... more

Image for First time buyers in the South West could receive up to £10K towards their deposit as popularity of the area soars among house hunters

House hunters searching for their first home in the South West could receive up to £10,000 towards their deposit* for a new Bovis Homes property this summer.

The special offer comes as Rightmove announces that Cornwall and Devon are two of the most searched for areas since lockdown began.

Faye Cooper, regional marketing manager, said: “We know that saving for a deposit can be hard for first-time buyers particularly. With the cost of renting, it can leave little chance for saving, and so we are hoping that we can give house hunters the boost they need to get them on the ... more

Image for Shrivenham site manager says prestigious award for build quality is just like FA Cup final win

Clark Rutland, a Shrivenham-based site manager working for Vistry Group at Bovis Homes’ Townsend Place development, is celebrating after receiving a prestigious national award for housebuilding quality.

Clark, a big Swindon Town fan, won the National House Building Council’s Pride in the Job Quality Award, after being selected from more than 11,000 inspected sites across the UK.

Speaking about his award, Clark said: “When I heard the news that I had won, it felt fantastic - I can only describe it as feeling as if Swindon had won the FA Cup! I work with a fantastic team at Townsend Place, and this award is thanks to their effort too. I am very proud of what we... more