To celebrate building their 500,000th home, leading national housebuilder Barratt Homes have commemorated the landmark with a fun, interactive digital street tool. The Barratt Homes Through the Decades tool looks back at the past seven decades to see how culture, street scenes, and house buying have changed throughout the years. Starting back in the 1960s, users can visit each decade right through to the 2020s and the current landscape.
The tool begins its journey way back in the swinging 60s. It celebrates many iconic events, notably the first moon landing, the formation of the Beatles, and the Concordes first flight. Flower power ruled the era, like tie-dye, bandanas, and knee-high socks were often the fashion of choice.
The housing market was also noticeably different, the average house price was only £2,530 as lava lamps, bean bags, and egg-shaped furniture the trend.
As the tool travels through the decades’ many fashions and trends are celebrated. Iconic music, stylish cars, epic blockbuster films, and contemporary dances all feature as it takes a nostalgic look at how culture has changed over the years.
The housing market also considerably changes as townhouses and apartment blocks became more popular and the typical property value steadily rises, reaching £197,890 by the end of the 2010s. It then concludes its journey in the 2020s as COVID-19, face masks and social distancing became the new norm.
David Thomas, Chief Executive of Barratt Developments, said: “To mark the significant milestone of completing our 500,000th home, we wanted to take a look back at how much things have evolved over the past seven decades.
“This digital tool will take viewers on a journey from the 1960s right up to today so they can explore what made each era so iconic.
“Creating communities has been a lasting legacy of ours since 1958 when Sir Lawrie Barratt first founded Barratt Homes and we are extremely proud of our contribution to society over the past 60 years. We now look forward to a new era of house building, one rightly shaped by the green agenda but still very much grounded in community.”
Barratt has always had quality at the forefront of its mind. In 2020, it was awarded the maximum five-star rating from its customers (HBF) for the 11th year in a row following the results of the annual Home Builders Federation satisfaction survey.
Looking to the future of housebuilding and its next 500,000 homes, Barratt has pledged its commitment to creating a positive environmental, social, and economic legacy for future generations.