Marc Da Silva’s ongoing series of interviews with important figures in the UK’s new homes industry continues as he poses the questions to Brian Comer, one of two brothers who founded Comer Homes over 30 years ago.
Please tell us about your company… We are a broadly based property development company with interests in residential, commercial and land. We work internationally; in the UK, in Ireland and in Germany. We focus on premium schemes and in the UK we are best known for landmark projects such as Princess Park Manor in Friern Barnet, where we have transformed a noted listed building and prominent local landmark into new homes and given it a whole new lease of life.
We like a challenge and to be excited by our developments, and that’s why we tend not to go for the bland and the boring. Some of our refurbishment and regeneration projects are complex and difficult to complete, but we enjoy the process and the delight on the faces of our buyers when they buy their own properties within our developments.
What is your firm building at the Royal Connaught Park scheme in Bushey, Hertfordshire? Royal Connaught Park is typical of our developments in that we prefer to develop schemes where we can really add value, both in financial terms and in respect of the benefit to the building and the local community. This former Royal Masonic School needed a new life that would secure its future. We have made it ‘loved’ again, with a whole new group of residents who have bought into its history, culture and style. When you talk to them as they are walking around, you can’t help but notice the pride that living there brings.
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