Pre-Sharba

The Directors experience before Sharba is exemplified by Phil James’ 19 years of successfully managing Laing Homes growing business and diversification.

This included over 100 prestigious schemes across the South East and Midlands such as:-

  • Hereford Hospital – a highly bespoke project to renovate the old Georgian hospital (originally built in 1783 in the grounds of the old castle and on the banks of the River Wye) into apartments and building new homes within the grounds.
  • Dickens Heath – an exclusive canal-side scheme of c.300 homes within a consortium of developers delivering over 1000 dwellings and local facilities to form a new village.
  • Warwick Town Centre’s millennium regeneration – amongst many developments were the following five key sites:
    • The Woolpack Hotel – a listed coaching inn dating back to the 16th Century which was the location of the founding lodge of the Mason’s. It included an archaeological dig that uncovered the first evidence of a Medieval Street in the Town. The redevelopment of this site won a Renovation Design Award.
    • Westgate Hotel (formerly known as The Bowling Green Hotel) c.1750 was converted into apartments with new development in the surrounding grounds. This included the restoration of a unique listed Victorian Pleasure Garden with the assistance of Monty Don and featured on a Channel 4 series on ‘Lost Gardens’.
    • Warwick Race Course development – a series of landmark buildings in the setting of the listed St Paul’s Church and on the boundary of the race course.
    • Cape Wharf and Emscote Wharf – both significant brownfield regeneration projects.
  • Stratford High School – a development of c.200 homes delivered in return a new hi-tech £13m school and was awarded a significant commendation letter from the Education Authority.
  • Mawsley Village – an enormous consortium scheme to deliver an entirely new village in open Northamptonshire countryside.
  • Balsall Common – a landmark brownfield scheme of just 28 bespoke units.
  • Lapworth – the renovation of 1 existing property and 3 brand new, luxury 4000sqft homes set in over two acres of garden.
  • Northumberland Mews – set in the old Duke of Northumberland’s estate, a landmark entrance scheme to Royal Leamington Spa.