Persimmon doubles hit squad for shoddy works
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To combat the bad press the house builder is looking to boost its team of Independent Quality Controllers to over 60 by the end of this year as it looks to improve its image by raising the slogan “more exacting building tolerances than existing industry standards” across some of its 300 building sites.
Chief Executive Dean Finch said the inspectors will directly report to the Group Construction Director and “will assess every single plot we build at a number of key stages and only allow work to continue if our higher standards have been met.”
He added: “With a significantly expanded team under our Group Construction Director and a new Group Technical Director, we are strengthening our central oversight to ensure the consistent application of these standards.”
These new jobs for quality controllers came as Persimmon revealed its results for the year to December 31 2020 which has done very well in the pandemic.
Chief Executive Dean Finch said the company had “delivered a robust performance” during the pandemic as pre-tax profit dropped to £783.8m from £1,040.8m last time on turnover down to £3.33bn from £3.65bn even still the company can afford to improve the quality of its builds after it was ridiculed for no actual build quality.
Housing completions fell to 13,575 from 15,855 but build rates have been maintained at pre-Covid levels since last July.
The housing giant had cash in the bank of £1,234m at the year end and is looking to a full return to 2019 levels of new home completions in 2022.