McCarthy & Stone

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McCarthy & Stone
Traded asLSEMCS
HeadquartersBournemouth, England, United Kingdom
Key people
Paul Lester (Chairman)
Clive Fenton (CEO)
Revenue£671.6 million (2018)[1]
£63.5 million (2018)[1]
£46.5 million (2018)[1]
Number of employees
2,402 (2018)[1]

McCarthy & Stone is a retirement housebuilder in the United Kingdom. The company operates from nine regional offices, and as of 2012 was responsible for building and selling more than 70% of the UK’s owner-occupied retirement housing each year.[2] By 2015, it had sold more than 54,000 properties across more than 1,200 developments in the UK.[3] The company is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 250 Index.


John McCarthy and Bill Stone entered into a partnership in 1961, and in 1977 they built their first retirement housing development in Hampshire. Subsequently they ceased other building work to concentrate on developing specialist housing for elderly people.[4] By 1982, when the company was floated on the Unlisted Securities Market, McCarthy & Stone had completed 15 retirement housing developments and was selling around 200 units a year.[5] Growth was rapid after the flotation, and by 1984 the company operated on a national basis with annual sales approaching 1,000 units. The business was exceptionally profitable due to a rapidly ageing population.[4] Annual sales reached 2,601 units in 1988.[4]

McCarthy & Stone was de-listed from the London Stock Exchange in December 2006 following a successful takeover bid of over £1 billion from a consortium including David and Simon Reuben and Sir Tom Hunter.[6] The company was refinanced in August 2013 under new ownership[7] and was re-listed on the London Stock Exchange in November 2015.[8] In March 2017, McCarthy & Stone became the only UK housebuilder, of any size or type, to win the full five-star rating in the Home Builders Federation's customer satisfaction awards for a record 12 consecutive years.[9]


The McCarthy & Stone Horizon development in Poole, Dorset
McCarthy & Stone Head office in Bournemouth UK
McCarthy & Stone's head office. 100 Holdenhurst Rd, Bournemouth, BH8 8AQ

In 2010, McCarthy & Stone took its management services in-house, ending its long relationship with the management company Peverel. McCarthy & Stone Management Services provides services and support in its Retirement Living and Lifestyle Living schemes, while the company has entered into a partnership with Somerset Care, one of the largest not-for-profit care companies in the UK, to provide management, support and care in its Retirement Living PLUS schemes. This partnership is known as YourLife Management Services.[10]


  1. ^ a b c d "Annual Report and Accounts 2018" (PDF). McCarthy & Stone. Retrieved 18 March 2019.
  2. ^ "2012-based Subnational Population Projections for England – ONS". Retrieved 10 February 2016.
  3. ^ "McCarthy & Stone on course to build 3,000 retirement homes a year" City AM. Retrieved 2015-02-03.
  4. ^ a b c Wellings, Fred: Dictionary of British Housebuilders (2006) Troubador. ISBN 978-0-9552965-0-5
  5. ^ Company Prospectus (1982)
  6. ^ "Reubens and Hunter pounce at McCarthy". This is money. 1 August 2006. Retrieved 10 February 2016.
  7. ^ "New McCarthy & Stone boss wields the axe". Construction Index. 6 March 2014. Retrieved 10 February 2016.
  8. ^ "McCarthy & Stone prices IPO at 180p per share". Digital Look. 6 November 2015. Retrieved 10 February 2016.
  9. ^ "McCarthy & Stone retains five star accolade for customer satisfaction for record twelfth consecutive year". McCarthy & Stone. McCarthy & Stone. 30 March 2017.
  10. ^ Lindsay Fortado (1 July 2012). "McCarthy & Stone to Sell Financial Services, Sunday Times Says". Retrieved 10 February 2016.

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