Merger will deliver 1,500 new homes a year for the south west

19 March 2018

Two leading housing associations have come together to create one of the UK’s largest housing providers with over 36,000 properties, 70,000 customers and the capacity to develop at least 15,000 new homes in the southwest over the next 10 years.

DCH and Knightstone have merged to form LiveWest, managing homes from Gloucestershire to the Isles of Scilly. Setting LiveWest apart is its unrivalled investment plans for the south west. This includes an annual development and property investment programme that sustains 6,500 jobs in the building industry and supply chain and will substantially increase the number of new affordable homes developed in the south west.

Paul Crawford Chief Executive of LiveWest said: “In coming together our combined strength, and capability allows us to develop new affordable and market homes of all tenures at an unrivalled scale in the south west with a projected capital investment in the local economy of over £2bn in the next decade.”

With over 1,400 committed and expert staff, LiveWest will operate from three key locations across the south west in Worle (North Somerset), Pool (Cornwall) with its head office in Exeter (Devon). These offices will be supported by a network of touchdown points throughout the new operational area. 

Linda Nash, LiveWest Chair said: “Knightstone and DCH had a shared goal: through strong and sustainable business growth, to make a transformational investment within the south west region. By coming together to form LiveWest, we now have the financial capacity, infrastructure and ambition to build homes and support communities at scale, transforming services to meet changing customer needs and aspirations.”