DCH continues investment in the south west with new offices

Tuesday 07/03/2017

Work commenced onsite recently at DCH’s new head offices at Skypark in Exeter, continuing the leading regional housing association’s investment in the south west.

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Over the next five years, DCH will be investing around £565m into the south west economy building over 4,500 homes for rent, shared ownership and outright sale, and the new DCH head office which will be home to half of DCH’s 850 staff.

Skypark is a 110 acre major redevelopment scheme being led by St. Modwen, the UK’s leading regeneration specialist. The Skypark office, delivered by St. Modwen, will improve service quality and consistency for DCH’s thousands of customers, from an easily accessible site. Further office touchdown locations throughout the south west will also be developed to support its teams, providing a network of places where staff and customers can meet to offer them even better customer service experiences.

Paul Crawford, Group Chief Executive,, said: “We are committed to investing in the south west, from building new homes to creating jobs or working within communities supporting local towns and villages. The offices are a huge part of this continued investment. With all our teams working under the same roof it will enable them to work together and provide efficiencies to everything we do.’’

He added: “Our current offices are not supporting our full potential, the new office will help us grow, improve services for our customers and provide a great place for staff to work and thrive.”

The new offices are due to be completed by spring 2018. Skypark’s location reflects DCH’s area of operation and investment in the wider Exeter and East Devon area. The 30,000 sq ft office space is close to Cranbrook, part of the Exeter and East Devon Growth Point area, where DCH is one of the largest providers of homes, having built over 300 new homes for rent, shared ownership and outright sale.

Ian Guy, Senior Development Manager for St. Modwen, Devon County Council’s development partner for the SkyPark development, said: “Skypark represents one of the most important strategic developments sites in the SW of England. When it completes within the next 20 years, this 110-acre site will provide 1.4 million sq ft of warehouse, industrial and office space and deliver up to 6,500 new jobs. It is already home to the new Ambulance Special Operations Centre headquarters and to logistics firm DPD and DCH Housing Group will also soon be joining them on site with its new head office premises.”

DCH is also in the process of creating a new office hub in Tolvadden in Cornwall. With good transport networks, the new locations mean more accessibility for staff and customers as well as reduced travel times.