Homes and Communities Agency appoints housebuilding expert Stephen Kinsella to spearhead accelerated construction

Stephen Kinsella has been appointed as director of accelerated construction at The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).

Kinsella is experienced in delivering major housing developments on public land, having spent the last 11 years as the growth and partnerships director at Barratt Partnerships, the housebuilder’s national public sector team.

He will lead the agency’s accelerated construction unit, which will lead the drive to increase the scale and pace of construction to get more homes built, reporting to chief executive Nick Walkley.

“I am excited by this opportunity to create a new delivery model for housing supply and increase innovation in the sector,” said Kinsella. “The major housebuilders have a huge role to play in increasing supply but it is clear to me that accelerated construction and other HCA-backed initiatives are essential to diversify the market and ensure we can meet the pent-up demand for housing in this country.”

The £2bn programme involves the HCA taking direct action to build homes on surplus public sector land to increase the pace of housebuilding and diversifying the market by supporting smaller builders and modern methods of construction.

“This is a very important appointment for the agency and we’ve very pleased to have found someone who has the same ambition and passion to transform housebuilding in this country so more people can have a home of their own,” said Walkley. “Stephen is a private sector housebuilding leader with a comprehensive understanding of developing on public land. He will bring strong leadership skills, extensive industry knowledge and a track record for doing things differently.”

Sir Edward Lister, HCA chairman, added: “This appointment is further evidence of our renewed ambition to increase the scale and pace of construction and pioneer new approaches to diversify the housing market. We will ensure more homes are built for people across all housing tenures through a whole series of measures and interventions, including direct delivery on public land and encouraging modern methods of construction.”

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