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Coronavirus: London's largest private developer creates COVID-19 depot for emergency supplies

Lianna Brinded
Head of Yahoo Finance UK
Galliard's depot for COVID-19 emergency supplies in Essex, England. Photo: Alex Lawrie

London’s largest private property developer Galliard has donated the use of one of the company’s warehouse complexes in Essex in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The group told Yahoo Finance UK in a statement that it partnered with Essex County Council to transform the 61,000 square feet of storage space, located on a 2.5-acre site, into an emergency local community facility storing essential supplies.

“We are dedicated to assisting the UK government and our local communities in the fight against COVID-19,” said  Don O’Sullivan, CEO of Galliard Homes.

“The donation of our 2.5-acre warehouse site in Essex for storing essential supplies should benefit the local Essex community and beyond, and we have already had trucks arriving with supplies. These are uncertain times, and it is a duty for everyone to help where they can.”

Galliard was founded in 1992 and has become the largest private property developer in London, with a portfolio worth over £3.6bn ($4.4bn), including nearly 6,500 homes, with some 1,000 homes currently being marketed for sale.

On 30 March, it revealed that it is partnering with a tech firm to allow virtual viewings of 1,000 marketed properties amid the UK-wide lockdown.

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