The UK faces an unprecedented need for new and affordable housing in order to offer hope and opportunity for future generations of home owners, currently struggling to get a foothold in the property market.
Current government targets talk about building over 300,000 homes a year and yet the journey from bare land to thriving communities remains challenging, time consuming and expensive. We believe L&Q Estates has the requisite skills, resources and mindset, in partnership with land owners, to navigate this journey. This is demonstrated by an enviable record in delivering high quality developments across the UK, examples of which are highlighted within this website.
L&Q Estates emerged out of L&Q’s takeover of Gallagher Estates back in 2017 and retains all the expertise, acquired over the previous 60 years, in unlocking and delivering strategic development sites. All the returns made by L&Q Estates are recycled back into L&Q Group to aid the further delivery of much needed affordable housing, particularly around London and the South East.
L&Q Estates are not just about promoting large, nationally important, strategic sites. Our portfolio contains developments ranging from 25 to 6,500 houses. In every case our approach is individually tailored to meet the unique requirements of the site but in all cases retains the underlying philosophy; to minimise risk, maximise returns and deliver exceptional quality developments.
Our ability to achieve these objectives is founded on the quality of our in-house team. We have the skills and expertise necessary to negotiate, assemble, promote and deliver land for development, all underpinned by a strong financial base. Put simply, our strength lies in our staff and colleagues.
Ultimately it is through selling land, both residential and commercial, that we generate the returns necessary to continue to invest and provide returns to our land owners. Our customers are the national UK housebuilders and increasingly some of the UK’s biggest players in the field of logistics. For both we offer sites that are ready to go, and on larger sites we deliver the necessary infrastructure to
offer a “plug and play” scenario.
Land development is essentially a journey - this website takes you along this journey and shows exactly what the destination can look like with determination and commitment.
Our approach to land acquisition and development has been fine-tuned during the last 60 years and is proven to maximise value. We personalise each agreement to suit the needs of the landowner, be it an Option Agreement, a Promotion agreement or Freehold Purchase. We allow them to be involved in the overall process as much or as little as they want.
We provide all of the funding required, building a team of highly experienced professionals suited to the individual needs of the site.
We prepare a planning strategy for the landowner to approve and actively engage with the local community to keep everyone fully informed.
We produce high quality developments where people want to live. To achieve this we regulate the housing design by the use of strong design codes which establish the over arching design principles within which the house builders create their housing.
On larger projects these high level design objectives run through the infrastructure, schools, community and play spaces we deliver ourselves.
But above all else, L&Q Estates is a ‘Place Maker’ - the golden thread which runs through all of our developments whether they are 50 home ‘edge of village’ sites , 10,000 home new settlements or 1million square foot warehouses
Our team of experienced in-house planners has been brought together from a background of house builders, consultants and local authorities. Commercially focused, we ensure that both development value and design quality are maximised throughout the promotion and development process.
Our planning team work very closely with our engineering department throughout the planning stages to ensure that development costs are properly managed by identifying the most cost effective and innovative infrastructure design solutions.
Key to our success is our commitment to working and engaging with the local communities within which we operate. We pride ourselves on the efforts we go to in ensuring we fully understand the needs of the local community, with the L&Q Estates team taking a lead role in engaging with local residents, stakeholders, community groups, parish and town councils, ward members and politicians.
Our extensive experience of dealing with sites of all sizes and complexity means there are few issues we have not come across before. Whether highways, drainage, flooding or site- remediation problems, we are able to find a solution which is cost-effective enabling us to unlock complex sites where others may have failed before.
Our in-house construction team sets us apart from many of our competitors. Involved in our site promotion from conception to the very end of the development, we are able to ensure that our master plans are created with one eye firmly on the provision and delivery of site wide strategic infrastructure.
This thorough and detailed approach also ensures that all aspects of the overall infrastructure package are rigorously tested and value engineered to ensure our vision for the overall development is delivered in the most cost effective way possible.
Undertaking the negotiation of section 38, 104 and 278 agreements and designing, pricing, tendering and delivering site-wide infrastructure not only ensures the prompt delivery of our sites to the market but also serves to reduce house- builder contingencies, and lead-in times thereby maximising land values.
Having acquired an interest in the land, secured planning and either partly or fully serviced the site with infrastructure, our development team sell fully serviced “oven-ready” and de-risked plots to a combination of PLC and SME house builders.
Our unique approach to site servicing allows us to create a multitude of different sized development land parcels. This enables us to sell to numerous house builders to suit their size and return on capital requirements.
In turn, this not only ensures we maximise land values but also enables us to deliver developments at a far faster pace than many of our competitors. This assists local authorities in keeping up with their housing delivery targets and
ensuring that we are at the forefront of helping to solve the national housing shortage.
“Our team is well versed in dealing with the complexities of large-scale site assembly, equalisation and tax matters, ensuring you are in safe and experienced hands throughout the process. An initial meeting is informal and entirely at your own convenience - you will find us straight-talking and always willing to listen”.
Ian Hardwick - Group Managing Director, L&Q Estates