Top 6 of the largest home builders in the UK

Company profiles of the largest home builders in the UK

Company profiles of the largest home builders in the UK

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Barratt DevelopmentsBarratt Developments

Barratt Developments began as a company in the 1950s and eventually became the nation’s largest housebuilder; a title it received in 1979 when 10,000 new homes were built by them.  The company is made up of three consumer brands: Barratt Homes, David Wilson and Barratt London.

They deal in the building of residential and commercial properties across the whole of the UK. In the last financial year, they built 17,579 new homes in the private and affordable housing sector ranging from 1 bedroom properties to 6 bedroom properties. Barratt reported record profits of £910m in the year up to 30th June.


Bellway has been in the business of building houses for over 70 years and have established itself as a major developer as the 4th largest housebuilder in the UK. They employ more than 2000 people across nineteen different regions to carry out their business whether they are building one-bed apartments or penthouses.

Bellway has been recognised as a 5 Star home builder for the past three years.

Berkeley Group

Established in 1976, Berkeley Group became listed as a public-owned company when it joined the London Stock Exchange in 1985. Berkeley Group is made up of six autonomous companies: Berkeley Homes, St Edward, St George, St James, St Joseph and St William.

They have built 19,500 homes in the last five years, across London, Birmingham and the South of England. Berkeley Group takes pride in their work being environmentally friendly which was evident last year when it became the first carbon-positive UK homebuilder.

Galliford Try

Galliford Try is a top 10 housebuilding, regeneration and construction company seeing revenues of £3.1 billion and employs around 5,500 employees. It is made up of seven brands: The Galliford Try Brand, Linden Homes, Galliford Try Partnership, Morrison Construction, Oak Dry Lining, Rock & Alluvium and Drew Smith. The original business was set up in 1916 and became a public company in 1965 and is now an FTSE 250 business.

The Group was independently assessed to have achieved a score of 3.2 out of 5 on the FTSE4Good Index, an index for investors to see how well a company manages its risks. This score places them well above the sector average score of 2.4 out of the companies that were assessed.


Persimmon began as a business in 1972 operating in York before beginning to expand to other areas just four years later. They now operate from 31 regional offices across the UK with over 4,900 people employed. It is made up of seven brands: Persimmon Homes, Charles Church, Westbury Partnerships, Space 4, Brickworks, Tileworks and Fibre Nest. In 2018, 16,449 new homes were delivered to the customers.

Taylor Wimpey

Taylor Wimpey is a relatively new homebuilder having been established as a result of a merger in 2007 although the two companies that were part of the merger had over 100 years of experience. They operate out of 24 regional offices in England, Scotland and Wales as well as having a presence in Spain.

They are solely focussed on residential developments, from one-bedroom apartments to six-bedroom detached houses. They build and sell over 10,000 homes each year.


Property page updated on 4th June 2021 by James Bougon