Development Consultancy

We’ve built a team from a powerful combination of respected housing professionals and powerful industry expertise, working to help deliver your housing projects.

Development Consultancy

We’ve built a team from a powerful combination of respected housing professionals and industry experts to help deliver your housing projects.

Appraisal Service

Viability is at the core of everything SDS has been involved in since we started in 1994. Call on us to run appraisals for you, or to check anything you’re working on.

  • Land & Scheme Appraisal
  • Formulating land offers
  • Calculating scheme NPV
  • Hand-holding on complex schemes

 

Appraisal Assumptions Report

Accurate financial appraisal depends on a number of factors and it’s important to be aware of what’s going on in your region.

This report benchmarks your current assumptions, including long term financials and unique scheme information, against your peers and makes recommendations on the figures you should be using.

Development Viability Workshop

This bespoke workshop looks at the role of LAs and HAs as developers, the principles of viability, development strategy and risk, incorporating:

  • Your development strategy
  • Making schemes work for you
  • Understanding your appraisals
  • Wider scheme viability
  • Scheme financials and associated risk

Sales & Marketing Workshop

Workshops to introduce you to Shared Ownership and to write your own Sales Policy. 

Assess your resources for successful Sales & Marketing, taking into account:

  • Regulation & governance
  • Market appraisals
  • Sales & marketing management toolkit
  • SDS HomeMatch
  • Branding Do’s and Don’ts

Expert Coaching on SDS software

If you’ve had ProVal or Sequel for a while, or even new to them, make sure they are all set up and configured correctly. 

We can provide on-site Coaching to ensure you are getting the most out of your systems and producing the results you need.

Strategic Review of Development

Our in-depth review provides you with a total health-check on your development function.

Focusing on value for money, you will receive a report with specific and detailed recommendations to enable you to realistically meet your goals and ambitions.

  • Risk Management
  • Scheme Appraisal
  • In-house & current resources
  • Conclusions and Recommendations

Development Capability Audit

Assess your resources to undertake successful housing development, incorporating:

  • Development strategy
  • Site finding
  • Appraisal completion
  • Project management
  • IMS & Homes England guidance
  • Interim support

Development Viability Workshop

This workshop looks at the role of LAs and HAs as developers, principles of viability, development strategy and risk incorporating:

  • Development strategy
  • Making schemes work
  • Understanding appraisals
  • Scheme viability
  • Scheme financials

Sales & Marketing Workshop

Assess your resources for selling shared ownership and outright sale units, considering:

  • Regulation & governance
  • Market appraisals
  • Sales & marketing management toolkit
  • SDS HomeMatch
  • Branding workshop

Appraisal Assumptions Report

An accurate financial appraisal depends on a number of factors and it’s important to be aware of what’s going on in your region.

This report benchmarks your current assumptions against your peers including long term financials and information unique to each scheme.

Live Scheme Project Monitoring

Track the ongoing financial position of a scheme (using project and cash flow information held in SDS Sequel).

Monitor actual vs budgeted spend by importing results from your finance system.

Report on development parameters for monthly updates and quarterly meetings to keep all stakeholders informed.

Expert Coaching on SDS software products

If you’re new to ProVal or Sequel, or perhaps have had the systems for a while but are not using them regularly, we’ll provide on-site coaching to make sure you’re getting the most out of them.

We can accommodate groups or individuals and fit around your schedule.

Development Capability Audit

Assess your resources to undertake successful housing development, incorporating:

  • Development strategy
  • Site finding
  • Appraisal completion
  • Project management
  • IMS & Homes England guidance
  • Interim support

Development Viability Workshop

This workshop looks at the role of LAs and HAs as developers, principles of viability, development strategy and risk incorporating:

  • Development strategy
  • Making schemes work
  • Understanding appraisals
  • Scheme viability
  • Scheme financials

Sales & Marketing Workshop

Assess your resources for selling shared ownership and outright sale units, considering:

  • Regulation & governance
  • Market appraisals
  • Sales & marketing management toolkit
  • SDS HomeMatch
  • Branding workshop

Appraisal Assumptions Report

An accurate financial appraisal depends on a number of factors and it’s important to be aware of what’s going on in your region.

This report benchmarks your current assumptions against your peers including long term financials and information unique to each scheme.

Live Scheme Project Monitoring

Track the ongoing financial position of a scheme (using project and cash flow information held in SDS Sequel).

Monitor actual vs budgeted spend by importing results from your finance system.

Report on development parameters for monthly updates and quarterly meetings to keep all stakeholders informed.

Expert Coaching on SDS software products

If you’re new to ProVal or Sequel, or perhaps have had the systems for a while but are not using them regularly, we’ll provide on-site coaching to make sure you’re getting the most out of them.

We can accommodate groups or individuals and fit around your schedule.

Blurred Lines

Blurred Lines

The lines between developing for affordable and private sale have all but disappeared and you may well need to do both in some form or another.
We work with Local Authorities, Housing Associations and Private Developers, adding measurable value to our clients’ projects and we’re proud to be contributing to building new homes.

How well are you managing your ongoing schemes?

Live scheme project monitoring

Live scheme project monitoring

Imagine being able to have all of your project information, development cash flow, high-level workflows, audit trails and key property attributes delivered to your door on a regular basis.

We’ve been helping our clients manage their housing projects for the last 25 years. Our monitoring service will deliver financial reports and regular updates to your door so that you can stay on time and on the budget, keeping all stakeholders fully informed.

It's a simple process

It's a simple process

Sign up to our monitoring service

Share your key scheme data with us

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Expert Coaching

If you’re new to ProVal or Sequel, or perhaps have had the systems for a while but are not using them regularly, we’ll provide on-site coaching to make sure you’re getting the most out of them.

Andrew Markham

Andrew’s experience lies in both the affordable and private housing sectors. His expertise focuses on financial viability and project management – ideal for today’s challenges in planning and building developments, making the most of available funding and cross-subsidy opportunities.

Having worked on the SDS software product range for many years, he has close connections with many local authorities and housing associations around the UK and can advise directly on how, when and if a project will be viable, or what alternatives need to be considered.

Andrew Markham

Andrew’s experience lies in both the affordable and private housing sectors. His expertise focuses on financial viability and project management – ideal for today’s challenges in planning and building developments, making the most of available funding and cross-subsidy opportunities.

Having worked on the SDS software product range for many years, he has close connections with many local authorities and housing associations around the UK and can advise directly on how, when and if a project will be viable, or what alternatives need to be considered.

John Stevens

John trained as an architect and has worked in development for over 30 years with housing associations, local authorities, community groups and developers across a wide range of schemes and tenures.

Mixing technical knowledge with financial evaluation John has consistently delivered innovative solutions in the affordable housing sector, including energy efficient homes and modern methods of construction. Projects have included managing multiple large-scheme sites, value-engineering of homes for flexible tenure use and re-evaluating Supported Housing schemes for redevelopment.

John Stevens

John trained as an architect and has worked in development for over 30 years with housing associations, local authorities, community groups and developers across a wide range of schemes and tenures.

Mixing technical knowledge with financial evaluation John has consistently delivered innovative solutions in the affordable housing sector, including energy efficient homes and modern methods of construction. Projects have included managing multiple large-scheme sites, value-engineering of homes for flexible tenure use and re-evaluating Supported Housing schemes for redevelopment.

Greg Warner-Harris

Greg has a wealth of sales and marketing experience in the affordable housing sector. A former Sales & Marketing Director at Spectrum Housing, he has managed sales teams responsible for bringing over 2,000 New-Build Shared Ownership, Open Market and other intermediate purchase products to market.

His key skills include Market Appraisals, Brand Creation, Sales & Marketing Strategies, Regulatory Policies and Procedures and Customer Placement.

Greg Warner-Harris

Greg has a wealth of sales and marketing experience in the affordable housing sector. A former Sales & Marketing Director at Spectrum Housing, he has managed sales teams responsible for bringing over 2,000 New-Build Shared Ownership, Open Market and other intermediate purchase products to market.

His key skills include Market Appraisals, Brand Creation, Sales & Marketing Strategies, Regulatory Policies and Procedures and Customer Placement.

What our customers think...

"We wanted to look at the key aspects of viability for affordable and private housing so this was a really useful workshop. There was a positive atmosphere throughout the day and we ended up with a much wider appreciation of development strategy and risk. The course presenter was very thorough, especially with the practical activities. I would recommend this session for anyone involved in the development of affordable housing."
Michael Hunte
London Borough of Sutton

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