With over 60 years’ experience, Countryside continue to make a positive impact with regeneration schemes in London, the South East, the North West of England and the West Midlands, often partnering with local authorities and housing associations.
Here’s a snapshot into their progression over years.
In 1958 the Company was founded by Alan Cherry.
Small residential developments in Essex and East London carried out.
In 1972 the Company was floated on the London Stock Exchange.
Residential development operations continued to expand.
Strategic land focus commenced.
Work began on our first new community development at Chelmer Village, Chelmsford.
Partnerships team established – our involvement in urban renewal and affordable housing began.
Works began on several new community projects, including the award winning Great Notley Garden Village, Braintree.
In 1995 the Five Estates project by the Peckham Partnership, one of the Country’s largest regeneration schemes, got underway.
In 1996 our regional operation in the North West commences.
In 1998, in partnership with Taylor Wimpey, we were selected by English Partnerships to carry out the Greenwich Millennium Village.
In 2005 Copthorn Holdings Ltd, a 50:50 joint venture between the Cherry family and the Bank of Scotland (part of Lloyds Banking Group) acquired control of Countryside Properties PLC.
In 2008 Lloyds Banking Group took majority control, Countryside celebrated its 50th anniversary and Accordia in Cambridge was the first residential scheme to receive the RIBA Stirling Prize.
In 2013 investment funds managed and advised by Oaktree Capital Management make a majority investment into the Company. Lloyds Banking Group provides a new 5 year committed debt facility.
In October 2013 Ian Sutcliffe is appointed as Executive Chairman.
In 2014 Millgate Developments is acquired.
In January 2015 David Howell is appointed Non-Executive Chairman and Ian Sutcliffe becomes Group Chief Executive.
August 2015 Rebecca Worthington is appointed Chief Financial Officer.
In February 2016 following a successful initial public offering, Countryside is listed on the London Stock Exchange.
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