Thirteen Homes acquires Gus Robinson Developments

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Thirteen Homes, part of Thirteen Group, has acquired Gus Robinson Developments as it bolsters its commitment to delivering high quality housing throughout the North of England.

Hartlepool-based Gus Robinson Developments has become one of the North East’s most well-regarded building contractors, delivering a wide range of construction and building services. It employs around 50 people in the North East.

With revenues for its current financial year forecast to be in the region of £25m, the company has been highly-successful in delivering construction projects for a variety of clients ranging from local authorities and health trusts, through to private businesses and registered housing providers.

Among its recent projects is The Staithes in South Shields, a 37-property development, including six bungalows for older residents, which was highly-commended in the LABC North East Building Excellence Awards.

Founded in 1976, the business has been owned by Dan Robinson and his mother Judith since the death of his father, Gus, in 2011, in which time it has experienced strong growth under the stewardship of a management team led by managing director Steve Bell and finance director Jeanette Henderson.

Thirteen Homes has acquired 100% of the business, which will continue to be based in Hartlepool, trading as Gus Robinson Developments where it will be operated by its existing management team in partnership with Thirteen Homes.

Thirteen has also pledged its support to the Gus Robinson Foundation, which helps local young people on their pathway to successful careers and sporting achievement.

Dan Robinson said: “It was always at the forefront of our minds when we entered this process that we sold the business to an organisation that embodied similar values to those that have underpinned Gus Robinson Developments throughout the company’s incredible journey. In Thirteen Group, I am delighted to say we have found that organisation.”

Thirteen Homes is the housing development arm of Thirteen Group, which is the largest housing association in the North East, owning and managing just under 34,000 homes from an area covering Northumberland to York.

Ian Wardle, CEO of Thirteen Group, said: “As one of our long-standing construction partners we have always been impressed with the quality of homes delivered by Gus Robinson Developments and we are convinced that as part of Thirteen the company will flourish further and play a more significant role in the development of the North of England’s housing requirements for us and other organisations that need construction and building services.”


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