Get to know our director, Jack Holroyd, in our latest blog! Here, he talks through a typical day, what he enjoys most about his job and why the location of a house build is so important.
Talk us through what a typical day is like for you
I start the week with a team meeting on site with the guys to discuss progress and make a plan of action for the week ahead. It also gives me chance to have a look round site and check over the finer details to ensure things are running smoothly. The rest of the week is spent in the office, either planning and coordinating current projects or progressing new ones like our next scheme at Fold Farm.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
I enjoy most aspects of the process and it’s incredibly satisfying to see progress on site, particularly once people are living in the houses and we get to see them turned in to wonderful family homes. However, the most exciting part for me is finding the next project, agreeing a deal and planning the site details. I think it’s the thrill of the chase!
Why should someone buy a ‘Holroyd Home?’
If I had to use one word it would be individuality.
I think there’s a tendency amongst some house builders to focus too much on ease and driving down costs, certainly to the detriment of individuality and more often than not, quality. Perhaps due to the fact we’ve had a more varied background in property development, we tend to be drawn toward the trickier, one off sites. Although these may take a little more thought and attention, ultimately they create truly unique places to live. When we look at a site, it has to excite us, it has to be somewhere we’d want to live and be proud to put our name on.
That’s why for us the location and setting are paramount. If they’re right, the rest tends to follows naturally. That’s not to say we’re ever complacent though…
As part of the design development we make sure each and every home on the site maximises the wonderful setting and has some kind of wow factor. Be it at Upper Croft with full width bifolds and South facing balconies or at Fold Farm with huge plots in the most stunning rural surrounds, every one of our homes has been thought through right down to the tiny details. That way, it just feels right when you walk round, puts a smile on your face and hopefully gives you that feeling we’ve all had when you know you’ve found the one!
What are you looking forward to most with Phase 2 (The Cottages) of Broad Lane Farm?
We’ve owned this site for a number of years and in that time it’s either been a derelict eyesore or a builder’s storage yard so I can’t wait to see a part of the areas history be restored and the mud gone! The character of the listed cottages is what originally attracted us to the site so we’re all excited to get these put back together and see three wonderful homes created. I think they’ll really set the Broad Lane Farm development apart from other schemes and give the neighbours something beautiful to finally look at!
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
With two small children and third on the way there’s not a great deal of spare time but I can’t complain as I love spending time on a weekend with my boys, both of whom ‘help’ with our own building project at home. I also enjoy walking with my wife and playing golf or cycling with friends. In normal times we love to get away for a summer break although that’s on hold this year, as I’m sure it is for most people. Fingers crossed we get back to some normality soon.