Inspiring Business by Sharing Success

Nottingham developer building on the success of five years in business

Luxury residential developer North Sands Developments is celebrating five years in business, having delivered over £20m of high-end residential schemes in Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire and the South West.

Set up by Richard Mailing, James Hartley and Richard Adams, North Sands Developments was the meeting of minds and skills with the three directors previously working within project and cost management, development, architecture and estate agency.

The developer’s current projects include Mulberry close; a development of seven detached five-bed homes in an exclusive area of Beeston, due to complete at the end of this year, and it has just completed two executive homes in Grange Road, Edwalton, which are on the market from £1.6m.

The company has seen success in both Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire, where the three directors are based, and in Devon. Knowing all three areas well, the directors saw a gap in the market for elite homes for discerning buyers who are looking for space and the utmost quality in fixtures and fittings.

All three directors have a strong background in property. Richard Maling is a professional civil and structural engineer and previously built and sold a successful engineering and architecture firm. James was previously a director within one of the East Midlands largest property estate agencies and Richard Adams came from a property development background.

Reflecting on the past five years, James said:

“The homes we build are really something to be proud of. They will certainly outlive me and that is something I think about a lot, particularly at our site in Edwalton. The properties are built on a former school site, which I actually went to as a four-year-old, so I have a personal connection to the area.

“Five years in I still love the fact we are delivering beautiful houses that become much-loved homes, it’s a great feeling, and while being a developer is not easy, we work with a trusted group of construction suppliers and Nottingham is a fantastic place to do business.”

Richard Mailing added:

“Myself and my fellow directors work hard to achieve unrivalled quality. We have a relentless focus on service and architectural brilliance and I see this as the backbone to our success.

“I feel like we have only just begun and we have ambitious growth plans for the future, for both our portfolio and the team.”

Key to North Sands’ success is it relationships with local construction partners which have come from the directors’ decades in the industry.

Richard Adams continues:

“It is wonderful to have reached this milestone in our business and it’s thanks to our trusted partners and the people who choose to buy a North Sands home.

“A common saying at our team meetings is ‘if it was easy, everyone would be doing it’ and that’s because in development everything can change very quickly and there are often challenges to overcome. Luckily, Richard, James and myself work very well together; drawing on each other’s strengths, and I look forward to working together for many more years to come.

“We are always looking for suitable land to develop and we have a number of exciting schemes in the pipeline, but for now, we just want to toast to an incredible five years of business.”

North Sands has previously won the ‘Best Individual House’ in the East Midlands LABC Building Excellence Awards and continues to set the benchmark for quality housing.


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