Stories is a socially responsible property development company committed to creating long term sustainable value
The built environment has the power to improve people’s lives and create opportunities to live with pleasure and purpose.
Our purpose is to bring order and direction to the complex process of development to unlock positive change for people and their communities.
From deep-dive financial modelling, to delivering major construction projects, by injecting some humility and open-mindedness, we are bringing a fresh approach that balances our responsibility to economic, environmental and social outcomes.
We believe that successful developments rely on the contributions from a diverse range of people. We are committed to understanding the different perspectives and drivers of everyone with an interest in a project, allowing us to achieve more, together.
Understanding the perspectives of our partners is key to delivering our ambition for shared long term outcomes.
Our approach is built on four themes
Partnership and trust
Working collaboratively and openly with all stakeholders. Empathy and alignment are key to building trust.
We understand a project’s social, environmental and economic potential and are able to maximise the shared value of a scheme.
We bring order to challenging sites and briefs and implement structures that better manage risk.
Experience and skills
Stories brings a broad skillset across development and consultancy, evidenced by our track record on similar projects.
Stories approaches new projects either as principal developer, development manager or in a strategic advisory role.
Stories funds, co-designs and leads the development process from start to finish in a partnership with landowners.
Our Community Asset model delivers new or enhanced community facilities for existing landowners enabled through facilitating development on-site.
Stories leads the delivery of projects with, and on behalf, of landowners and third party investors. Our approach aims to maximise ESG outcomes to unlock major projects.
Stories provides strategic advice to major landowners (public and private) on strategic visioning and optimal delivery models. This generally follows a deep-dive review of existing proposals.
We fund and manage
We manage, others fund
Funding and finance
An essential layer of the development process is the funding needed to pay for the delivery of projects. Stories remains wholly owned by its Directors, but we work with a range of different funding partners on individual projects. In all instances, we make sure funding partners are aligned to the outcomes and comply with our own ESG requirements.
Aviva joint venture
We have recently launched a joint venture with Aviva Capital Partners, that allows us to engage across the full spectrum of the property development process from design, planning and financing, through to completion and operation. The joint venture's initial £100 million equity commitment will unlock complex projects through partnership with long term institutional landowners, acquiring land if needed.
Stories is proud to be a B Corp.
Through B Corp certification, we hold ourselves accountable to the principle that doing good is good business and we collect the data to measure our output against a triple bottom line of social, environmental and economic returns.
As well as informing our business decisions, we report on our ESG (environmental, social and governance) performance each financial year in a report.