In celebration of our 80th year, we are revisiting our heritage as we outline the story of how we became one of the UK’s leading housebuilders. Continuing our trip down memory lane, we are now looking at Miller Homes during the 2000s, a new millennium bringing continued progress in technology, brand new regions and success across the board for Miller staff members on the awards front.
In 2000, and with the buzz of the millennium bug still fresh in the nation’s mind, our IT department launched a state of the art project that aimed to provide a single source for company information that could be easily accessed by all members of staff. Named m’power, the intranet project was taken on tour during the autumn of that year with a team of staff training colleagues on how it all worked. Ready with the m’power bus, the training team covered areas such as online procedures, bulletin boards and a brand new photo library.
Even now in 2014, m’power has stood the test of time and is an essential tool for all staff members.As if taking over the web wasn’t enough, we made our way onto the stage taking a leading role at the 2001 BBC Good Homes Show. Our Avon house type was constructed in less than five days by a team of 150 in the NEC Arena in the Midlands and when it was complete, famous designer, Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, was on hand to open the show. Hosting more than 16,000 visitors over the five day event, 150 people then went on to register their interest in buying their very own Miller home. One visitor even went straight to the site after seeing our show home on display and snapped up the last remaining property.
Success continued with Homes North East becoming the first business in the UK to have its Chief Executive, Production Director and entire site management team awarded professional memberships of the World Body of Construction Managers in 2003. This acknowledgement came after 20 of the production team successfully completed their Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) training. Group Chief Executive, Keith Miller, was also awarded a special Fellowship of the CIOB.
A further accolade for the North Region came along when site manager, Bill Hughes, was presented with the NHBC Pride in the Job Supreme Award only months later. Beating 17,000 other NHBC registered site managers, the award meant that Bill was officially the best site manager of all the leading housebuilders in the UK. Bill’s success in building excellence continued as he went on to win the Supreme Award again five years in a row and he was runner-up in 2008 and 2009.
In 2004, the Athens Olympic Games were fast approaching and the UK had a future champion on its hands, Sir Chris Hoy. In his quest for Olympic glory, The Miller Group agreed to sponsor the World Champion. All his hard worked paid off as, a year later, Chris returned to Edinburgh and to Miller House to proudly show off his first gold medal. In his first visit back to Scotland since his success in Athens, Chris was given a hero’s welcome by Miller staff. His Olympic glory continued four years later in Beijing. Chris brought three further gold medals back to Miller House and was given another warm and enthusiastic welcome from thrilled Miller staff members.
As mentioned in our 1990s blog, work was well underway when it came to building Edinburgh Park in the Noughties and, in 2005, a brand new head office for The Miller Group located in the park was opened for business. To mark the official opening, Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal unveiled a specially-made sculpture of one of the founders of The Miller Group, Sir James Miller. His son, also James, and Keith Miller were involved in the opening ceremony and Miller House continues to be The Miller Group’s HQ with Sir James’ sculpture sitting proudly at the main entrance to the building.
Royalty continued to have an influence in the history of The Miller Group as in the summer of 2005, Keith Miller was awarded a CBE from Her Majesty the Queen for his services to the construction industry in Scotland and to charity.
To round off our Noughties blog, Miller Homes’ business made inroads to the housing market in the South with the official launch of Miller Homes Southern. Based in Basingstoke, the region covered Hampshire, Surrey, West Sussex and Berkshire with plans to achieve a £50m turnover within a three-year period.
Take a look at our Pinterest board to view a range of Miller Homes photographs from 2000 onwards and from previous decades.