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Carillion's 'human approach' wins Royal Docks scheme

Property developer Hub Residential has won detailed planning permission for its 360 home development in London’s Royal Docks which will be built by Carillion.

The scheme, named Hoola, received consent from the London Borough of Newham late on Tuesday night.

Speaking to Construction News before the scheme received the green light, Hub Residential development director Steve Sanham described his vision for the two-year-old company, and the contractors he wants working on its schemes.

Hub Residential wants to build relationships with contractors, he said, and claimed Carillion’s “straightforward and human approach" was central to it winning the contract, after a competitive tendering process.

Hub Residential was set up two years ago by, Tim Barlow and Robert Sloss, the founders of property developer Squarestone, based in central London.

Mr Sanham said: “The thing that generally attracted me to [Carillion] was its straightforward, friendly, human approach.

“A troop of people walking in the room, clearly enjoying their job, wanting to have a fun meeting to discuss how they might take this scheme forward and ready to come up with ideas—that’s the kind of people I want to have a relationship with the next two or so years."

He added: “I don’t want to be in a relationship with somebody who I think I’m going to be having arguments with… in two years’ time, I want somebody with whom I can pick up the phone and have a discussion."

14 February 2014 - Construction News