Just at the moment my three brothers and I merged our growing regional housebuilding business, Villafont Homes, with the respected family main contracting business, McGoff & Byrne, in 2007, a swift step change in the market was felt, says Chris McGoff, main board director. Main contracting orders dried up, ‘wine bar developer’ clients went bust on us and cash surpluses turned to overdrafts. Housebuilding sales slumped, banks called in all their loans, moved you to the ‘naughty boys club’ and then tried to take part of our business. The irony was private banking manager buyers were trying to renegotiate the prices for homes nearing completion, but were swiftly told to stand by their contract. In addition, and as the tide went out, other buyers who had over-extended themselves on cheap credit card debt were crying down the phone to try to get out of their purchase, whilst secretly taking delivery of new Aston Martins. It was ‘tin hat’ time and whilst we had to firefight to deal with immediate issues, the fact that we were a lean business with four pairs of family member eyes, allowed us to innovate quickly and move development activity into buoyant sectors to self-generate our own construction activity. To read more click here...

Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Primary School, Notting Hill is the local primary school to the Grenfell Tower Block in North Kensington and having endured a traumatic few weeks following the disaster, we wanted to create a joyful experience by providing the pupils a day out to remember at local theme park; the LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort, home of our latest landmark build; The Castle Hotel. All 261 Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Primary School pupils, along with their teachers and parents, attended the trip yesterday where they had full access to the park, lunch and a special visit from the LEGOLAND® friends characters. The trip, facilitated by Merlin’s Magic Wand - Merlin’s worldwide children’s charity, in partnership with McGoff Construction and The Miles Partnership, was a great success and thoroughly enjoyed by all of the pupils (and their teachers/parents alike!) We would like to extend a huge thank you to all involved in this special day. ...

BBC Nottingham have recently featured the re-enablement unit at The Grand. The re-enablement unit at The Grand Care Centre is commissioned by Nottingham NHS Trust. It is run with colleagues from the Trust and Age UK. The service is provided for individuals who have experienced numerous falls in their own homes requiring multiple hospital admissions. These individuals are admitted to the re-enablement unit from the hospital before they are discharged home. The task of the staff on the unit is to identify and address the underlying issues which cause these individuals to fall when in their own homes. The staff employed by the home work with a wide range of health and social care professionals to provide re-enablement to this group of individuals. The average length of stay of individuals in the re-enablement unit is currently running at 14 days which is excellent. In addition, more than three quarters of individuals were still in their own homes three months after they were discharged from the home, and had not experienced any hospital admissions during this period. This service is delivered by the private, public and voluntary sector and is an excellent example of partnership working for the benefit of the local population; as well as reducing the pressure on primary care services. View the feature below; ...

We are pleased to announce that as of Friday 30th June, McGoff and Byrne is being rebranded as McGoff Construction. Since our inception in 1973 we have built a company that is trusted and valued within the industry. We offer a holistic construction service to our blue-chip client base predominantly in the hotel, leisure, residential and healthcare sectors. We form an intergral part of the McGoff Group of companies and in order to realign ourselves more closely with the parent Group we are rebranding. View the brand launch video below; ...

Signalling the start of construction at Downtown, the McGoff Group’s new flagship residential development, James, Declan, Dave and Chris McGoff hosted a ground breaking ceremony at the Woden Street site earlier this week. The event was attended by more than 30 guests, including representatives from Manchester law firm Fieldfisher, AFL Architects, LRW Architects, Alliance and Wellesley Finance, the development property finance specialist that is providing the McGoff Group with a £39.9m funding facility to deliver the landmark scheme. With its waterside location on the banks of the River Irwell, Downtown is an impressive project with a superior design that will not only transform the landscape on the border of Manchester and Salford, but it will also revolutionise the property market with its Manhattan-inspired hotel-style services and high end communal facilities. Chris McGoff, director at the McGoff Group, comments: “The ground breaking ceremony at Downtown was a profound way to mark the start of build of this prestigious project. We are exceptionally proud of Downtown and the success we have already achieved on all levels, from acquiring such a prominent site and designing a truly inspirational apartment scheme to securing planning consent and selling more than 70% of the properties off-plan. “Downtown is perhaps our most ambitious residential development to date and with construction now underway, we are very much looking forward to seeing this project take shape.” Downtown will be built and block managed by the McGoff Group, including its award winning McGoff & Byrne Ltd principal contracting division and McGoff Group Facilities Services division, to ensure a truly ‘one stop shop’ approach to delivery and asset management from one of Manchester’s fastest growing entrepreneurial businesses....

Work continues apace on a state-of-the-art new £10m care home in Sale, which is now just three months away from completion. Build is well over half way at the new generation 57-bed care facility on Ashlands in Ashton-on-Mersey. The external brickwork and roof tiling are complete meaning the building is now watertight, and the 30 plus contractors and tradesmen on site are working hard on the interior to ensure the development remains ahead of schedule and ready for its planned opening in March. Known as Ashland Manor, the impressive new care centre has been conceived and designed by Altrincham-based New Care, one of the UK’s fastest growing development-led care home operators and part of the multi-discipline and multi-award winning McGoff Group. Construction is being undertaken by build partner and principal contractor McGoff & Byrne, also part of the McGoff Group. When complete, Ashland Manor will cater for the aspiring needs of its south Manchester residents, offering high quality, person-centred care and an exceptional clinical offering, including residential, general nursing and specialist dementia care services, in an expertly designed purpose-built environment. In addition to communal lounges, formal dining rooms and gardens, residents at Ashland Manor will enjoy the privacy of their own well appointed and restful bedroom, complete with en suite wet rooms, and a host of hotel-style services including fine dining, a hair salon, nail bar, concierge and a busy and varied programme of activities and events. CEO at New Care, Chris McGoff, comments: “It’s less than three months until we open at Ashland Manor and I am delighted with the progress that is being made on site. Build is advancing into the final stages and the team is already working on the interior so we’re well on track to complete by our anticipated deadline of early March.” To find out more visit: www.mcgoffgroup.com...