About us - Our social responsibility

ABOUT US

Our Social Responsibility

As East Anglia’s largest privately owned housebuilder, we fully understand the responsibilities we have to this beautiful part of the country.

Ethos

Do what is right to the highest possible standards

Ethos

The Hopkins Ethos is simple – We plan, design and build beautiful houses that we’d be proud to call home. That means no shortcuts and no compromises in our pursuit of excellence. We only work with high-quality materials that complement and enhance the local area. So that, by building properties that are sympathetic to their environments, we don’t just build homes, we help build communities.

Environmental
awareness

Our work to minimise environmental impact is at the heart of every Hopkins development.

Environmental
awareness

Minimising environmental impact is key to what we do. We aim to create spaces that enhance the local environment and improve with age. We work with local suppliers and trades where we can because we think it’s important to do so.

With every home, we take a ‘fabric-first’ approach to reduce carbon emissions. Instead of adding environmental measures as an afterthought, we weave them into the fabric of each property. We install energy-efficient features and select products and materials carefully for their provenance. For example, all our window frames are made of sustainably sourced timber, manufactured using eco-friendly techniques. Many of our homes are heated with efficient air-source heat pumps instead of conventional gas boilers. We’ve introduced flue gas heat recovery and waste-water heat recovery into many of our new homes to reduce carbon emissions.  The measures we take result in homes that meet all requirements for energy saving – which saves you money in energy bills, too – all while staying practical and beautiful.

Nothing is left to chance in the planning of our developments. The green spaces are designed to be in keeping with existing surroundings and to mature beautifully, enhancing the natural environment. We seek to provide sustainable drainage solutions for surface water rather than standard soakaways. These could be  attenuation basins or ponds. If there’s an existing ditch network, we’ll use it, rather than dig and level the ground to install a new pipe network. Our landscaping plans will carefully take into account existing trees, hedgerows and natural features wherever possible. We often incorporate areas of wildflower seeding in open spaces to enhance bio-diversity.

Investing
in people

People are proud to work for Hopkins

Investing
in people

We invest in our people and their futures through sponsored degrees, apprenticeships and training. Many of our senior staff joined Hopkins in junior positions, progressing their careers and making a valuable contribution to our success. Like our people, charity is important to us. We hold regular volunteer days where Hopkins colleagues roll up their sleeves in support of local charities. It’s a great win-win: we get hands-on experience of critical work that often goes unseen in our communities, while the charity gets an enthusiastic group of workers for the day. It’s for reasons like this that people are proud to work for Hopkins. In turn, this helps us attract the best talent, so we can continue building some of the best new-build homes in East Anglia.

Developer's Pledge

Taking responsibility for our building safety

Developer's Pledge

20th April  2022

Dear Secretary of State

Government approach to building safety

Following your statement on building safety made in the House of Commons on 10 January 2022, and subsequent correspondence and discussions between the Home Builders Federation and officials in your department (the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (“DLUHC”)), we agree with the principle that leaseholders should not have to pay for any costs associated with life-critical fire-safety remediation work arising from the design, construction or refurbishment of buildings of 11 metres and above that they live in, and we want to work constructively and in good faith with you and building owners/responsible parties to achieve this.

We are therefore pleased to confirm that we will :

– take responsibility for performing, or otherwise at our discretion, funding self-remediation and/or mitigation works to address life-critical fire-safety issues on all our buildings of 11 metres and above in England that we have developed or refurbished (other than solely as a contractor) (“Our Buildings”); and

– to the extent not already withdrawn and/or reimbursed, withdraw Our Buildings from, and/or reimburse, the Building Safety Fund and ACM Funds, on the basis of the principles set out in the schedule to this letter (the “Agreed Principles”).

We will work under DLUHC’s leadership to establish an approach for determining the nature and scope of remediation and/or mitigation works that is proportionate and consistent, taking into account learning over time, and that involves no betterment beyond what is required to remediate and/or mitigate life-critical fire-safety issues, on the basis of the Agreed Principles.

Recognising that time is of the essence in finalising these arrangements and remediating Our Buildings, we are committed to working at pace with DLUHC to get everything in place to make this happen, so that leaseholders can be assured that their building will be made safe from life-critical fire safety defects as quickly as reasonably possible and that they will not pay the costs of our remediation works. We confirm that we will work in good faith with officials at DLUHC over the coming months to rapidly agree the full form documentation in relation to the Agreed Principles, so that a just deal is delivered for all affected parties.

We will publish this letter, together with the Agreed Principles, on our website promptly after the date of this letter so that leaseholders are aware of our public commitments; and we are happy for you to publish the same on the DLUHC website or similar.

Additionally, for buildings that have already been identified by or to us as falling within the scope of the Agreed Principles, we will, within one month of the date of this letter, deliver to DLUHC a proposal (including a proposed schedule) for contacting the relevant building owners / responsible parties and leaseholders in order to confirm that their building is covered by this letter (and the Agreed Principles), and the next steps that we intend to take to meet its objectives.  For any other buildings, that are subsequently identified by or to us as falling within the scope of the Agreed Principles, we will agree a proportionate process with DLUHC to ensure relevant building owners / responsible parties and leaseholders are properly made aware of these arrangements.

Yours sincerely

 

Lee Barnard

Group Managing Director

For and on behalf of Hopkins Homes Limited (a “participant developer”).

 

Please follow link to view full Agreed Principles between each Participant Developer and DLUHC.

Ethos

The Hopkins Ethos is simple – We plan, design and build beautiful houses that we’d be proud to call home. That means no shortcuts and no compromises in our pursuit of excellence. We only work with high-quality materials that complement and enhance the local area. So that, by building properties that are sympathetic to their environments, we don’t just build homes, we help build communities.

Environmental
awareness

Minimising environmental impact is key to what we do. We aim to create spaces that enhance the local environment and improve with age. We work with local suppliers and trades where we can because we think it’s important to do so.

With every home, we take a ‘fabric-first’ approach to reduce carbon emissions. Instead of adding environmental measures as an afterthought, we weave them into the fabric of each property. We install energy-efficient features and select products and materials carefully for their provenance. For example, all our window frames are made of sustainably sourced timber, manufactured using eco-friendly techniques. Many of our homes are heated with efficient air-source heat pumps instead of conventional gas boilers. We’ve introduced flue gas heat recovery and waste-water heat recovery into many of our new homes to reduce carbon emissions.  The measures we take result in homes that meet all requirements for energy saving – which saves you money in energy bills, too – all while staying practical and beautiful.

Nothing is left to chance in the planning of our developments. The green spaces are designed to be in keeping with existing surroundings and to mature beautifully, enhancing the natural environment. We seek to provide sustainable drainage solutions for surface water rather than standard soakaways. These could be  attenuation basins or ponds. If there’s an existing ditch network, we’ll use it, rather than dig and level the ground to install a new pipe network. Our landscaping plans will carefully take into account existing trees, hedgerows and natural features wherever possible. We often incorporate areas of wildflower seeding in open spaces to enhance bio-diversity.

Investing
in people

We invest in our people and their futures through sponsored degrees, apprenticeships and training. Many of our senior staff joined Hopkins in junior positions, progressing their careers and making a valuable contribution to our success. Like our people, charity is important to us. We hold regular volunteer days where Hopkins colleagues roll up their sleeves in support of local charities. It’s a great win-win: we get hands-on experience of critical work that often goes unseen in our communities, while the charity gets an enthusiastic group of workers for the day. It’s for reasons like this that people are proud to work for Hopkins. In turn, this helps us attract the best talent, so we can continue building some of the best new-build homes in East Anglia.

Developer's Pledge

20th April  2022

Dear Secretary of State

Government approach to building safety

Following your statement on building safety made in the House of Commons on 10 January 2022, and subsequent correspondence and discussions between the Home Builders Federation and officials in your department (the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (“DLUHC”)), we agree with the principle that leaseholders should not have to pay for any costs associated with life-critical fire-safety remediation work arising from the design, construction or refurbishment of buildings of 11 metres and above that they live in, and we want to work constructively and in good faith with you and building owners/responsible parties to achieve this.

We are therefore pleased to confirm that we will :

– take responsibility for performing, or otherwise at our discretion, funding self-remediation and/or mitigation works to address life-critical fire-safety issues on all our buildings of 11 metres and above in England that we have developed or refurbished (other than solely as a contractor) (“Our Buildings”); and

– to the extent not already withdrawn and/or reimbursed, withdraw Our Buildings from, and/or reimburse, the Building Safety Fund and ACM Funds, on the basis of the principles set out in the schedule to this letter (the “Agreed Principles”).

We will work under DLUHC’s leadership to establish an approach for determining the nature and scope of remediation and/or mitigation works that is proportionate and consistent, taking into account learning over time, and that involves no betterment beyond what is required to remediate and/or mitigate life-critical fire-safety issues, on the basis of the Agreed Principles.

Recognising that time is of the essence in finalising these arrangements and remediating Our Buildings, we are committed to working at pace with DLUHC to get everything in place to make this happen, so that leaseholders can be assured that their building will be made safe from life-critical fire safety defects as quickly as reasonably possible and that they will not pay the costs of our remediation works. We confirm that we will work in good faith with officials at DLUHC over the coming months to rapidly agree the full form documentation in relation to the Agreed Principles, so that a just deal is delivered for all affected parties.

We will publish this letter, together with the Agreed Principles, on our website promptly after the date of this letter so that leaseholders are aware of our public commitments; and we are happy for you to publish the same on the DLUHC website or similar.

Additionally, for buildings that have already been identified by or to us as falling within the scope of the Agreed Principles, we will, within one month of the date of this letter, deliver to DLUHC a proposal (including a proposed schedule) for contacting the relevant building owners / responsible parties and leaseholders in order to confirm that their building is covered by this letter (and the Agreed Principles), and the next steps that we intend to take to meet its objectives.  For any other buildings, that are subsequently identified by or to us as falling within the scope of the Agreed Principles, we will agree a proportionate process with DLUHC to ensure relevant building owners / responsible parties and leaseholders are properly made aware of these arrangements.

Yours sincerely

 

Lee Barnard

Group Managing Director

For and on behalf of Hopkins Homes Limited (a “participant developer”).

 

Please follow link to view full Agreed Principles between each Participant Developer and DLUHC.