Dorset affordable homes specialist appoints new managing director

Sebastian Janes

A Dorset based housebuilder has appointed a new managing director.

The AJC Group has appointed its co-founder Sebastian Janes to lead the business.

The 34-year-old  launched AJ Group just over ten years ago with Mark Adams.

The affordable homes specialist became the AJC Group in in 2018 when David Cracklen joined as a co-owner and director.

The Poole based business employs 40 staff who work across Dorset, Hampshire, Wiltshire and Somerset.

The company specialises in environmentally friendly residential schemes in partnership with housing associations, local authorities and charities.

Mr Janes, who has a background in the construction industry, said he was immensely proud of how much the business has grown.

He said: “Our aim has always been to improve the quality and quantity of affordable housing delivered in this region. With an outstanding skillset across our construction and office-based team, we are working incredibly hard to deliver innovative, design-led homes and set new standards for mixed-tenure partnership development.”

AJC Group continues with its strategy to deliver 200 mixed-tenure homes during 2023, with  a construction value of more than £100m.

The company said it was on target to build 500 new homes a year by 2025 through land acquisition, brownfield regeneration, strategic land promotion and considerate construction.

Mr Janes said: “Although the buoyant housing market is softening, the demand for quality affordable housing continues to grow.

“The culture we have created at AJC Group is well-aligned with our partners and supply chain, which has been critical to fostering highly positive and productive working relationships, and securing repeat business.”

The company currently has seven schemes under construction including Okeford Fitzpaine in Blandford Forum; Violet Cross in Hazelbury Bryan; West Cliff Gardens and Lindsay Road, in Bournemouth; Chaddesley Glen in Sandbanks, Poole; and North Road and Herbert Avenue, in Poole.


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