About GR8 space
Welcome to the family!
For more than 30 years, the award-winning team at GR8 Space Ltd. (“GR8”) has successfully been creating inspirational new homes across the country, with an emphasis on urban regeneration and the conversion of historic buildings.
From barn and manor house conversions to luxury apartments and cottages, we lovingly restore and convert neglected and historic buildings. We believe in breathing new life and value into properties, incorporating good design and quality. Our reputation for quality, craftsmanship and attention to detail is unsurpassed.
Our expertise is not limited to historic buildings, however, and we have successfully also completed the construction of over 100 newly built homes in the last 5 years.
The company was formed in 2002 by its directors, the Liddell family, following the successful sale of our previous group of companies. Our established business has grown from one family’s dynamic vision and commitment to excellence – and our credentials speak for themselves.
GR8 Space has completed and sold homes worth £20m over the last 7 years and own an £8m property portfolio consisting of apartments and offices under their management.
In the last 3 years we have won four awards, for both design and quality of construction, with the most recent accolade being a National Award for the Best Development over 20 units.
Between 1985 and 2002 the company directors created more than 300 homes and 50,000 square feet of Commercial Office Developments for our previous group of companies and its associates.
During this period GR8 Space Chairman, Chris Liddell, was a founding Director of Investment in Heritage p.l.c., a company floated under the Government’s BES rules in which share values were increased from £1 to £1.57 per share over the 3 year life span set under the BES rules.
The Board of Directors includes a Chartered Civil Engineer, Structural Engineer, Quantity Surveyor, Accountant, Architect and Interior Designer, with a grand total of 218 years of business experience!
Our developments can be seen across the country and feature an impressive portfolio of distinctive buildings.
Current projects include nine apartments in Cradley Heath, converted from a Grade 2 star listed building with six new build houses within the grounds and 13 new houses in Arlesey Bedfordshire.
Chris Liddell (Bsc C.Eng, M.I.C.E.)
Chris is a qualified civil engineer and has been chairman of GR8 Space Ltd. since its formation in 2002, following the successful sale of his previous company.
He started his first company in 1974 building and designing heavy industrial foundations, until in 1983 he commenced renovating historic buildings and building individually designed new houses which he has been doing ever since.
He has extensive experience in industrial and commercial building projects and has in association with others floated a public company under the Business Expansion Scheme in the 1990’s.
Nick Liddell (Bsc.Struct. M.I.H.T. G.M.I.C.E.)
Nick qualified in structural engineering at Bath University in 1991. He worked as a structural engineer specialising in historic buildings with Acer Consultants before joining the family business in 1995 where he has worked as estimator, contracts manager and is now group managing director.
Simon Blackledge (R.I.C.S.)
Simon joined Francis Graves (Quantity Surveyors) in 1984, progressing to Associate Director in 1998. After a brief period with Wates Construction Limited, as cost manager to their PFI team, he joined Naismiths Limited in 2006 as Associate Director overseeing their professional services team, acting as employers agents on a number of mixed schemes and providing bank monitoring services for RBS, Barclays, UTB, Dunbar and other lending institutions.
Simon joined GR8 in 2007 as Commercial Director with responsibility for construction, health and safety and all commercial activities.
Annie Liddell (M.R.PharmS.)
Annie has worked in the Construction Industry since 1974 and has a wealth of experience in design, marketing, and accountancy.
She is a joint founder member of the company being the creator of the companies house style.
Richard Brighton (FCA)
Richard qualified as a chartered accountant at Touche Ross in 1973. Since then he has held executive positions with Duport Plc, Rolls Royce Plc, Evans Halshaw Ltd. and Yale Plc.
He joined GR8 at its formation in 2002.
Faye Thwaites -nee Liddell (BA Arch.)
Faye qualified in 1993 and worked within various architectural practices, designing and project managing the construction of residential and commercial projects to cost and budget.
She has been a team member since 1998 and joined GR8 in 2002, bringing her flair for all aspects of design to the company.
Sue Liddell (Bsc Struct G.M.I.C.E.)
Sue qualified as a structural engineer in 1990. She has worked initially on heavy civil engineering projects and then on the structural design of buildings. Sue joined GR8 space in 2008 and is involved in the structural design, interior layouts and design.
Kelly Philpotts (A.C.M.A. F.M.A.A.T.)
Kelly has thirteen years experience in practice accounts and auditing and management accounting. She joined the team in 1999, left in 2002 to spend 5 years working as UK Finance and Operations Manager for US quoted group of companies, and joined GR8 in 2007
Kelly manages all of the group companies accounts.