To commemorate building their 500,000th home, leading national housebuilder Barratt Developments PLC is celebrating the landmark with the launch of a new interactive digital tool, taking a nostalgic look back through the past 60 years.
To mark building half a million homes and beyond since they began in 1958, the digital tool ‘Barratt Homes Through The Decades‘ offers an interactive experience that allows users back in time to see how fashion, culture, trends and homebuying has all changed.
The tool begins two years after the business was first founded, in the swinging 60s. Mini Coopers and VW Campervans dominated the roads. Interior design was huge, with brightly coloured, psychedelic colours and patterns being used in each room. Iconic events such as the first moon landing and fashion styles such as flower power and tie-dye are celebrated. It also provides a window into what buying a home was like during this time, with the average property costing just £2,530.
As users progress through each decade, they can hover over each aspect of the animation to learn more about what was happening during that time. Classic cars, distinctive music artists and cult films also play a big part of each era, revealing what was the biggest craze during these times and how Barratt’s own history has evolved.
Whilst the 2020s is still a fairly new decade in comparison, this is where the digital tool concludes its journey. It explores iconic events such as the 75th anniversary of VE day and the current challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic and its impact on daily life.
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 create a positive environmental, social and economic legacy for future generations.
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