Update, March 27, 2020
We are stopping construction and closing all our sites as quickly and safely as possible. In the vast majority of cases, this will result in no further construction activity beyond this weekend
It is unlikely, but this may result in some final works needing completing on this development. If so, these will be carried out as quickly as they can.
We have also implemented an inspection regime to ensure our site closures are undertaken properly. This will also make sure that, whilst our developments are closed, they remain in a safe condition.
During that period, some matters may need to be attended to on site. However, please be assured that any work carried out will be limited to maintaining a safe environment on the development.
If you have already legally completed on your home and have any questions, please contact your customer service team.
If you haven’t yet legally completed and have questions please contact your sales advisor who will be able to advise you.
Read our guidelines and further FAQs here.
A message from Colin Lewis, our CEO
This will not be one of those CEO notes, couched in company-speak, telling you things you already know, and addressing everyone in broad, generalist terms.
Instead, I want to convey to you as an individual what I and senior colleagues at Avant Homes are intending to do in the face of uncertainty over the next few weeks. I care very much about people as individuals and have been racking my brain over the last few days, as the country has been increasingly reacting to the threat of Coronavirus, to find an operational way forward for Avant and our customers to ensure that we can continue to deliver to you an Avant home.
We have already issued an advisory note to all staff, with sections relevant to our interaction with our customers. You may have seen evidence of this around our showhomes and sales offices. The advice very much follows and echoes that given by the government and its advisors.
I would, nonetheless, reiterate and emphasise the central message of that note which is to look after yourself, your loved ones, your colleagues and those you know who are more vulnerable to the impact of this new virus, be they family, friends or neighbours. If you believe you have symptoms, then please follow rigorously the advice which has been given, and, if relevant, let us know asap.
For our part, I want Avant Homes to be a sanctuary of common sense and common purpose. I want to continue to provide now, more than ever, the open and collegiate environment in which I believe, so that we all can feel reassured that, together, we can come through this trial successfully, and keep giving you and all of our customers the homes you and they want.
Protecting the wellbeing of our people, customers, prospective buyers, partners and the communities in which we build is our highest priority. We at Avant Homes will be continuing to work as normally as we can, for as long as we can – safely. In this regard, I want to reassure you that I intend to keep our offices and sites open for as long as we can, provided it is sensible to do so. I and those working for Avant will seek to work together to make the best out of these circumstances for all of us - employee, supplier and customer alike.
To ensure we, and you can proceed with confidence we have put a team in place dedicated to expertly managing the situation at each of our developments. They are focused on making sure we remain open and that our developments are complying with the latest government advice.
We are here to answer your questions and address any concerns you may have so if you want to talk to us, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with a member of our sales team.
I promise I will do my best to keep Avant Homes working so you can purchase or move into your new home as soon as is reasonably practicable.
My very best wishes
Chief Executive Officer
Frequently asked questions
Are Avant Homes developments open?
No, our developments, site-based marketing suites and showhomes have closed until further notice. Our sales advisors are working remotely and you are still able to contact them by calling the development telephone number.
Please be advised that we have introduced temporary working hours and we are now available between the hours of 10am and 5pm, Monday to Friday.
To find your nearest development, contact details and opening hours, please click here.
Will construction continue while developments are closed to public?
All construction will cease as of Sunday March 29. It is unlikely, but there may be limited examples where the steps required to be taken to achieve full closure of our developments will mean some final works need to be completed shortly thereafter. If so, these will be carried out as speedily as practicable.
We have put in place an inspection regime to ensure that our sites are closed safely and properly, and further to ensure that, while closed, they remain in a safe condition over the coming weeks. This may require some matters to be attended to during that period but work will be limited to maintaining a safe environment on our sites.
If I have bought a home, will my moving date be affected?
We are still undertaking completions across our sites to ensure our buyers can move into their new homes and that we meet our contractual obligations to them. The safety of our customers and colleagues is our highest priority and these completions are being carried out in accordance with the UK government’s guidance on home moving during the stay at home period, and in adherence to public health guidelines.
Please contact your sales advisor for further information.
Will you still be building my house?
As at close of business on Thursday, March 26, we have taken the decision to close all our sites as quickly and safely as possible. In the vast majority of cases, this will result in no further construction activity beyond Sunday, March 29. For more information regarding your home purchase please contact your sales advisor.
How can I reserve a home if developments are closed?
We will be taking reservations by telephone or video call. To find your nearest development and contact details to arrange a call please click here.
Can I view your homes online?
You can view all our homes currently available for sale here. Here you can also make an enquiry, book an appointment or request a brochure.
For more detailed views of our homes each development page features an online virtual reality tour that will allow you to look inside all of our housetypes. Simply go to your chosen development page and click on virtual tour.
Can I reserve a home online?
We are unable to take online reservations, but our sales team will be available remotely to take reservations by telephone or video call. To find your chosen development and contact details to arrange a call please click here.
I have reserved a home but not yet legally completed, will I lose my property?
All reservations will be upheld. Whilst we are doing everything we can to keep our customers informed we kindly ask you to bear with us as government advice and events change daily. Your sales advisor will be able to answer any questions you might have.
I'm having financial difficulty, what should I do?
Please speak to your financial advisor, bank or mortgage provider in the first instance. At Avant Homes we will do everything we can to ensure your new home purchase goes as smoothly as possible. If you are concerned please call us and make us aware of any problems.