Yorkshire housebuilder Avant Homes has strengthened its land team with the appointment of Ben Smith as land director for the region.
With more than 20 years’ experience in the housebuilding industry, Ben started his career as a quantity surveyor in 1999 and previously worked at Avant Homes Yorkshire as a senior land manager and land director between 2011 and 2018.
As land director he will be responsible for guiding the land team to secure quality land acquisitions across the region. Ben’s main focus will be to seek out land opportunities in the region to support Avant Homes’ ambitious development strategy to significantly grow its portfolio.
Ben said: “I’m very pleased to be returning to Avant Homes as the land director for the Yorkshire region. I will be bringing my knowledge of land in the region and experience in the housebuilding industry to support and contribute to the continued success and ambitious growth plans of the business.
“There is a great demand for much-needed, high-quality homes across Yorkshire and with the fantastic people in the team, and the Avant Homes product, I’m sure we can continue to deliver vital homes for local people in the region.”
Based in Wakefield, Avant Homes Yorkshire currently has 10 developments under construction stretching from Micklefield in West Yorkshire to Waverley in the south of the county. The region is also set to launch an 11th development in Green Hammerton in Harrogate in the coming weeks.
Avant Homes Yorkshire managing director, Chris Coley, said: “With Ben’s vast experience of securing land opportunities in Yorkshire, it’s an exciting time for the region to be able to welcome him back to the land team.
“As the new land director for the region, Ben will be essential in driving new developments through the acquisition of land opportunities to push the Yorkshire operation towards further success.”
Avant Homes group is one of the UK’s leading private residential property developers. The company currently has 54 live developments being delivered by five regional operating companies.
In addition to its Yorkshire operation, Avant Homes has four other operating companies throughout Scotland, the North East and the Midlands. The Avant Homes Group builds approximately 2,000 homes each year, has a turnover of circa £500m and employs around 780 people in total.