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Barratt to install innovative swiſt bricks in its new homes across Bristol


Barratt, the UK’s largest housebuilder, is targeting its five developments


in and around


Bristol to install innovative swiſt bricks into its homes. Te aim is to boost swiſt numbers across the country by giving the birds homes in places where swiſt numbers and nesting sites have been declining most. Bristol is one of 10 UK cities which


has been identified


by the RSPB where Barratt can make the biggest impact to bolster declining swiſt numbers. Te work is part of its corporate partnership with the RSPB to help give nature a home by supporting wildlife on new housing developments. Building new homes for the swiſts is an important goal of this partnership with the UK’s population of swiſts having fallen to fewer than 90,000 pairs, down from 150,000 pairs two decades ago. Swiſts are an urban species of bird which use spaces in rooſtops or in old buildings to make their nests. Te species has seen this serious decline in numbers partly because modern building methods can eliminate the swiſts’ access to rooſtops and as old buildings are demolished so reducing available nesting sites.


against them. Its research stated that “including nest bricks in all new build homes will help future proof against the continuing loss of established nest sites, ensuring our summers continue to be graced by the presence of swiſts.” Mike Clarke, chief executive of the RSPB, said: “Tere’s nothing quite like seeing and hearing swiſts soar over rooſtops as they perform breath-taking aerobatics at incredible speeds on


a summer’s evening.


Although their calls can make it seem like there are a lot of them, unfortunately this is a bird we are very concerned about as there are less than half


the number


Every year the swiſt helps announce the arrival of summer as they complete a 6,000-mile migration to nest and raise their young in the UK. Tey are one of the fastest birds in the world, able to reach up to 70mph and oſten not touching the ground for up to three years at a time. So far Barratt has installed several hundred of the swiſt bricks


at developments in


Aylesbury and Exeter. It is now committed to install them much


more widely across the country over the next two years and one of its top targets is Bristol. Ultimately, the aim is to build thousands of houses with swiſt bricks installed to give the birds the best possible chance of finding a new nesting site. Te bricks are an industry first as they are fully drained, ventilated and are unobtrusive, matching the colour of the bricks being used in the house. Barratt, the RSPB and Manthorpe Building


Products jointly developed the innovative design in a brick format so that they can be fitted easily into new homes as they are built. In 2017 the bricks won a prestigious NextGeneration innovation award for their design. Te RSPB recently conducted research


into the public


perception of swiſt bricks which found that 75% of homeowners believe they are a good idea, with just 1% of those questioned


we used to see in our skies in the 1990s. Housebuilders like Barratt are able to help our swiſts, and their commitment to create homes for them as well as people will make a big difference in keeping these amazing birds in our skies.” Barratt Homes is currently bringing new homes to Bristol including at Filwood Park, White Church Court Northfields Park, St Matthias, Ladden Garden Village and Park Farm in Tornbury . For more information call 0330 057 6000 or www.barratthomes. co.uk.


Site managers for Barratt Developments win top national awards for quality


Five site managers from Barratt Homes and David Wilson Homes in South Wales have won a top national award for the quality of the homes they are building. The five site managers have been recognised by the National House Building Council (NHBC) in its annual Pride in the Job Quality awards. Awards go to James Bannister who is working at Sycamore Chase in Boverton, Chris Davies at King’s Wood Gate, Monmouth Paul Oakley at Goitre Fach in St Fagans and John Popple who is working at Waterside @ The Quays in Barry. Honours also go to Rebecca Roberts for her work at St Michael’s Gate in Llantarnam. Known as the “Oscars of the housebuilding industry”, the


Pride in the Job Quality awards recognise the best run building sites in the country and are the highest accolade a site manager can achieve.


This year in total 84 site managers at Barratt won a Pride in the Job Quality award which is more than every other housebuilder. This is now the 15th year in a row that Barratt has won more of these prestigious awards than any other housebuilder. In addition to spot checks from the NHBC, site managers are judged on their consistency, attention to detail, leadership, technical expertise and health and safety, with just 450 individual winners being chosen from over 16,000 entrants. Steve Williams managing director from Barratt Developments


New Homes Wales and the South West


in South Wales said: “These awards recognise only the very best new homes and well run sites. They are something that customers can look out for as a quality mark knowing their home has been built to the highest standard possible. To win more of these awards than any other housebuilder for 15 years in a row is a real point of difference which shows how committed we are to building high quality homes for our customers.” This year also marks the tenth year Barratt has been awarded 5 Stars by the Home Builders Federation (HBF) for customer satisfaction. For Barratt to be awarded 5 Stars means that more than 90% of its customers would be happy to recommend their home to a friend.


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