‘Bigger and complicated is what we enjoy’: an interview with Clarion’s Richard Cook

Richard Cook - Clarion Housing Group (004)

Clarion smashed its housebuildng record last year but has since dialled back on its development plans. Richard Cook, its director of development, explains his vision for the group

Who do you turn to if you are a large housing association with ambitions to build thousands of extra homes but feel the need for more commercial nous to help get you there? That was the dilemma facing Clarion nearly five years ago when it sought a new executive to boost its development strategy.

The association opted for the commercial residential development sector in the form of Richard Cook, an amiable and sincere-sounding former engineer from Darlington, who at that time was head of giant construction firm Lendlease’s UK residential arm. 

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