How we work with private developers

Victorian building with large garden

We have a broad experience of working with private developers to provide vacant property management through housing property guardians. We can support the redevelopment process by flexing around timeframes, providing access when needed and keeping you abreast of any repairs or issues.

Case study: This Land, Cambridge

Old primary school in Cambridge

Client: This Land
Project type: development
Property type: farmhouses, a community centre, residential communal housing
Duration: 2 years, 9 months
Guardians: 51
Properties: 6
Inspections: 546
Client savings: £59,582
Social impact: 8,660 hours of volunteering, or the equivalent of >£104k of social value

Dot Dot Dot partnered with private developer, This Land, in November 2018. We had been managing a residential property on behalf of Cambridgeshire County Council, prior to the property being sold to This Land. Once the partnership had been established, it was agreed that we would manage and secure a number of other properties within This Land’s portfolio. These were two neighbouring flats, a former community centre, and two farmhouses in rural Cambridgeshire.

Across the lifetime of our partnership, we housed a total of 51 guardians, from PhD students to illustrators. Our Cambridge guardians contributed over £104,000 worth of social value during their time with us.

When partnering with clients, we can work with them to achieve their social aims and objectives. This takes a variety of forms, ranging from simply sharing client volunteering opportunities with our guardians, to partnership creation, and the development of structured placemaking projects. We worked closely with This Land to analyse our guardians’ volunteering and work on a strategy to best utilise their voluntary hours for the most tangible social impact. We therefore directed our guardians towards initiatives such as Jimmy’s Cambridge and the Salvation Army.

We are always proud to help our clients support causes aligned with their values, alongside their work to build more quality housing and new communities across England.

Our goal is to lead change by offering a new approach to development that is customer and community-focused, and create places where people feel they truly belong. As such, we are proud to have had a positive relationship with Dot Dot Dot. The guardians’ fantastic commitment to voluntary work created a valuable contribution to local communities, and it was reassuring to know that our buildings were cared for."
Old farmhouse in Cambridge

This Land

This Land

Dot Dot Dot chief executive, Mark Ackroyd

Get in touch about securing your property

Do you have a building that will be empty for a minimum of three months or more? Get in touch with our team to discuss whether we can offer the right security solution for your asset.