Danny Sharpe; Ian Holmes; Jean Sharpe; Alex Rayner; Alok Loomba
Sintons LLP

Northstar develops multi-million pound UK-wide portfolio

A specialist development and project management business which started life in the North East has grown to become one of the leading players in the care sector, overseeing the development of over 1,000 beds in new multi-million pound projects across the UK.

Northstar was set up in 2007 by Danny Sharpe and Ian Holmes to support developers in creating state-of-the-art care homes, advising throughout the duration of the project on all aspects of the development.

Since that time, the business has overseen major developments throughout the UK, becoming one of the leading operators of its kind in the South.

Some of its most recent projects include a £10 million development in Bedford, of which phase one is due to complete in November, as well as having schemes on site or in development in Gloucester, Norwich, Sussex, Norfolk, Hastings, Bournemouth and Glasgow.

Northstar’s work in its native North East – where Danny hails from, and Ian is now based – includes care home developments in Stocksfield, South Shields, Sunderland, Redcar and Harrogate.

And the business also has a raft of new projects in the pipeline, with 2014 proving a particularly busy year for the care home sector, as both confidence and funding continue to return to the market.

Northstar is a specialist in the entire process of creating care homes – not only does the business oversee the design, it also manages the entire project, from buying the land through to managing the construction process and handing over a Care Quality Commission (CQC) compliant building.

Ian, Northstar’s Projects Director, is based in Newcastle, while developments director Danny, along with his wife Jean – Northstar’s Finance Director – are based in South Oxfordshire.

Danny Sharpe said: “We work throughout the country to design and deliver new five-star state-of-the-art care facilities, and source most of our talent from the North of England to do so.

“Not only is the North East very well regarded for its expertise in the care home sector – particularly since the 1980s and 1990s when the region began to lead the way on specialist developments of this kind – but through operating from here, we can offer an outstanding yet cost effective service.

“We have a particularly strong portfolio in the South and South East of England, and, with new instructions all the time to add to the many existing projects we are working on, we are seeing a very busy 2014. Our team are as busy as they have ever been, and the returning confidence in the development sector promises to see that continue into 2015 and hopefully beyond.”

Northstar have worked with Newcastle-based law firm Sintons on many of its projects. Sintons, whose care team is led by Partners Christopher Welch and Alok Loomba, supported by the construction expertise of solicitor Alex Rayner, is nationally regarded for its work in the care sector.

Alok Loomba, Partner in Real Estate at Sintons, said: “Ian and Danny are very well known and respected for their work in the care home development sector, and they have assembled an extremely able team around them which has made Northstar into one of the key players in its sector.

“We have worked together on numerous projects over the years and already have several others which promise to come to fruition in the coming months. Our care team at Sintons has unrivalled knowledge of the care industry and developments within it, so we are ideally placed to advise and work with Northstar on their many projects across the UK.”

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