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Avant Homes launches Edinburgh-based East Scotland region and announces West Scotland business relocation


03 Oct 2023

Avant Homes has continued to lay the foundations of future growth by moving from its Stirling office and establishing two new offices located in Edinburgh and Glasgow.

The new Avant East Scotland business is based at Edinburgh Park, South Gyle, with its new sister region, Avant West Scotland, to be located in Glasgow from this coming January.

By creating two regional offices, the housebuilder will be better placed to bring forward its healthy land supply to deliver much needed housing for Scottish communities at all price points.

The two regional businesses will enable Avant Homes’ continued expansion within a strategically important market and provide further opportunities for existing and prospective employees.

Avant East Scotland is being led by newly appointed managing director, Iain Allison, who was previously managing director of Bellway Homes’ Scotland East division.

His senior management team in the region includes sales and marketing director, Lisa Archibald, who joined from Dandara in April this year; land director, Nicola Lunn; technical director, Jamie Scott; and construction director, Ian Jones.

Jim Wilkinson is heading up the new West Scotland business as its managing director. He joins from Persimmon where he was in a senior finance role for more than 20 years and will lead an experienced team including sales director, Theresa Barbour, and construction director, Bryan Galloway.

At present, Avant East Scotland and Avant West Scotland have five and six live developments respectively. These range from Dundee to Stewarton and will deliver a total of 394 homes with a combined gross development value of £117m.

Avant Homes East Scotland’s managing director, Iain Allison, commented: “We have developed a great deal of momentum in Scotland. By having operations that focus on the east and west, we are creating the platform for ongoing sustainable growth and expansion.

“We have assembled an excellent senior management team in our East Scotland business and we are committed to investing in them, recruiting more people and acquiring more development opportunities.”

Jim Wilkinson added: “Our established West Scotland team continues to go from strength-to-strength and we are looking forward to moving into our Glasgow offices shortly.

“At a time where the cost of living crisis is squeezing affordability, our multi-tenure offering of energy efficient new homes will help address housing need and make home ownership a reality for more people across Scotland.”

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