What kind of product do we build here?
Within Aberdeen City the focus is on building two bedroom apartments, whereas around the periphery of the City and in Aberdeenshire the product is more 2 to 4 bedroom homes. Barratt Homes have also created an Urban Design development in Ellon, Aberdeenshire which is unique to the area and provides a rural lifestyle and setting without comprising on the benefits of modern living.
Similarly the East of Scotland Barratt David Wilson office builds a range of apartments in the City of Edinburgh and a mix of detached and semi-detached homes further out of the Edinburgh City Centre to cater to a wide range of customers. Barratt David Wilson West of Scotland tends to build a variety of house types ranging from 2 to 5 bedroom houses.
What kind of customer tends to buy here?
Aberdeen has two large Universities; The University of Aberdeen and Robert Gordon University. It is also the energy capital of Europe and as such attracts a wide range of buyers including; first time buyers, young professionals, young families and buy-to-let investors.
Customers in the East and West of Scotland tend to be a range of 1st and 2nd time buyers, families looking to upsize and single people looking to downsize to smaller properties.
What makes the area an exciting place to work?
Firstly, the offices of Barratt Homes are just a stone’s throw from the award winning 14 mile long, sandy Balmedie beach. The offices at Blairton House have the benefit of having every department under the same roof including; Land, Finance, Sales, Technical, Commercial and Construction. Secondly Aberdeen has seen the greatest property price growth over the past decade due to the property market being intrinsically linked to a thriving oil and gas industry.
Barratt David Wilson’s East of Scotland Office is based in Edinburgh and covers down to the Scottish Borders. It is an exciting place to be in terms of housing development as demand for housing in Edinburgh and the surrounding area is high with development opportunities are abundant supported by a buoyant property market.
Glasgow is the largest city in Scotland and due to this it has a lot of pull towards it for jobs, culture and leisure. The desire to live and work near this city creates a fast paced working environment as we aim to make Glasgow an exciting place to live and work.
Why is it great to live in the area?
Aberdeen is a vibrant and international city full of history and art in a beautiful seaside setting. Aberdeen is ideal for the outdoor sports enthusiast. There is wind surfing at Aberdeen beach, hill walking at Bennachie, skiing at Cairngorms National Park and playing golf at the luxury Trump International Golf Links. Aberdeen also has large mix of bars and restaurant’s to explore at Union Square and the West End.
Edinburgh is a stunning city steeped in history and the City Centre is encompassed in an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Edinburgh is a compact city and nowhere is particularly far to walk and the public transport service is excellent. There are numerous galleries, museums and theatres to visit throughout the year.
As the largest city in Scotland, Glasgow is an extremely varied place to live. It hosts wide range of attractions including historic sites, parks and gardens and has a cultured art scene. Glasgow is known to be one of the world’s friendliest cities ensuring you will feel welcome from the off.
What social events/activities are in the local area?
At the end of every month Aberdeen has a Country and International Fair selling produce from local farms and businesses in the area as well as attracting businesses from around the world. Aberdeen hosts a range of plays, festivals and music events at His Majesties Theatre and the Aberdeen Music Hall. There are also many exciting activities and events through-out the year such as fun runs, torcher parades and concerts.
As Scotland’s capital city Edinburgh has numerous tourist attractions and boasts a fantastic range of restaurants, bars, pubs and clubs to suit anyone’s taste. Event’s to note in the social calendar include the Edinburgh Festival in August, the Hogmanay Street Party and the Six Nations Rugby tournament at Murrayfield.
Glasgow is recognised as a major European Cultural Capital and has a vibrant nightlife with numerous bars, clubs and restaurants. It is the second largest shopping centre in the UK with a range of high street and department stores, smaller boutiques and a wide variety of specialty shops. Glasgow is also renowned for its music scene with a large range of venues including the famous King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, the ABC and the Hydro.
Why should a graduate or undergraduate consider being based here?
Each city within the Scotland Region is undoubtedly varied but as a whole they offer a wide range of activities making each city a great place to live, work and play.
Each area has both strengths and challenges that make Scotland an exciting place to work, with demand for new housing developments being greater than supply, growth can be expected into the future. All Scottish offices have all departments under one roof allowing a full understanding of the industry and how the organisation works.